[Samba] Enable XAT_OFFLINE extended attribute in Samba

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Mar 5 19:28:25 UTC 2019

On Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 01:14:00PM +0100, Andrea Cucciarre' wrote:
> My goal is to use the Offline file attribute of Windows when sharing with
> Samba:
> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/system.io.fileattributes?redirectedfrom=MSDN&view=netframework-4.7.2
> It works when I share ZFS filesystem using the native ZFS CIFS sharing, but
> it fails when I share the same ZFS with Samba, that is the Offline files are
> not showed in Windows Client

Got it. Currently, Samba uses the dmapi API to
check if a file has been migrated to external
storage, and to cope with reads/writes against

Look at the VFS module source3/modules/vfs_tsmsm.c
which, as decribed, is:

  Samba VFS module for handling offline files
  with Tivoli Storage Manager Space Management

You would need to create a similar VFS module
flag to the client. Mostly it'll be wrapping
the [f]get_dos_attributes() VFS calls.

A bit fiddly, but doable (especially by companies
used to Samba coding internals).


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