sparse file(redirected from Sparse files)
sparse fileA file format that saves storage space by recording only actual data. Whereas regular files record empty fields as blank data or runs of nulls, a sparse file includes meta-data that describe where the runs of non-data are located. The reported file size is always the size of the entire file. See null, file system and variable length record.
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