How to copy a sparse file?

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  • When I copy a sparse file using cp command, the destination file gets changed to a fully allocated file. How do I copy a sparse file by keeping the destination copy as a sparse file?
  • How to copy a XEN or KVM Virtual Machine image if it was created as a sparse file?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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