[New-bugs-announce] [issue10016] shutil.copyfile -- allow sparse copying

Tom Potts report at bugs.python.org
Sat Oct 2 16:16:55 CEST 2010

New submission from Tom Potts <karaken12 at gmail.com>:

Copying a sparse file under Linux using shutil.copyfile will not result in a sparse file at the end of the process.  I'm submitting a patch that will remedy this.

Note that I am only concerned with Linux at the moment -- as far as I know this patch will not mess things up on other platforms, but this will need to be tested.  It depends on the behaviour of os.truncate() when the pointer is past the end of the file, which according to the docs is platform dependant.


P.S. This is my first time submitting an issue -- if there's anything I need to do and haven't, please let me know.

components: Library (Lib)
files: shutil-2.6.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 117878
nosy: karaken12
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: shutil.copyfile -- allow sparse copying
type: feature request
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.2
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file19107/shutil-2.6.patch

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