Commands related to extent attributes

The Veritas File System (VxFS) commands for manipulating extent attributes are setext and getext; they allow the user to set up files with a given set of extent attributes or view any attributes that are already associated with a file.

See the setext(1) and getext(1) manual pages.

The VxFS-specific commands vxdump and vxrestore preserve extent attributes when backing up, restoring, moving, or copying files.

Most of these commands include a command-line option (-e) for maintaining extent attributes on files. You use this option with a VxFS file that has extent attribute information including reserved space, a fixed extent size, and extent alignment. The extent attribute information may be lost if the destination file system does not support extent attributes, has a different block size than the source file system, or lacks free extents appropriate to satisfy the extent attribute requirements.

The -e option takes any of the following keywords as an argument:


Issues a warning message if extent attribute information cannot be maintained (the default)


Fails the copy if extent attribute information cannot be maintained


Ignores extent attribute information entirely

The following example creates a file named file1 and preallocates 2 GB of disk space for the file.

Example of setting an extent attribute

  1. Create the file file1:
      # touch file1
  2. Preallocate 2 GB of disk space for the file file1:
      # setext -t vxfs -r 2g -f chgsize file1

    Since the example specifies the -f chgsize option, VxFS immediately incorporates the reservation into the file and updates the file's inode with size and block count information that is increased to include the reserved space. Only users with root privileges can use the -f chgsize option.

The following example gets the extent atribute information of a file named file1.

Example of getting an extent attribute's information