[conspire] PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost) -- Backup and Restore Disk Partitions

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Feb 22 18:45:30 PST 2008

Quoting Eric De MUND (ead-conspire at ixian.com):

> Learned something new today; I've used this tar idiom before, but I've
> never seen this "S" flag before. Thanks!

Yeah, "sparse" file storage is an intriguing fine point in *ix
filesystems.  Here are some data on that:


In short, in normal usage scenarios, you'll probably never encounter
a sparse file, but adding the "S" flag means GNU tar will handle them
properly, if they _are_ ever encountered.

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