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archive/tar: make check for hole detection support more liberal

On most Unix OSes, lseek reports EINVAL when lacking SEEK_HOLE support.
However, there are reports that ENOTTY is reported instead.
Rather than tracking down every possible errno that may be used to
represent "not supported", just treat any non-nil error as meaning
that there is no support. This is the same strategy taken by the
GNU and BSD tar tools.

Fixes #21958

Change-Id: Iae68afdc934042f52fa914fca45f0ca89220c383
Run-TryBot: Joe Tsai <>
TryBot-Result: Gobot Gobot <>
Reviewed-by: Ian Lance Taylor <>
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dsnet committed Sep 21, 2017
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  1. +6 −2 src/archive/tar/sparse_unix.go
@@ -23,8 +23,12 @@ func sparseDetectUnix(f *os.File) (sph sparseHoles, err error) {
const seekHole = 4 // SEEK_HOLE from unistd.h
// Check for seekData/seekHole support.
if _, err := f.Seek(0, seekHole); errno(err) == syscall.EINVAL {
return nil, nil // Either old kernel or FS does not support this
// Different OS and FS may differ in the exact errno that is returned when
// there is no support. Rather than special-casing every possible errno
// representing "not supported", just assume that a non-nil error means
// that seekData/seekHole is not supported.
if _, err := f.Seek(0, seekHole); err != nil {
return nil, nil
// Populate the SparseHoles.

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