Why don't I get a BLE_GATTS_EVT_SYS_ATTR_MISSING event?

This discussion got mixed up with a discussion about what Nordic means by a 'system attribute' (which is still not clear). In any case, in that discussion I was trying to save pairing/bonding information so I could restore it on a reconnect. The pairing keys worked. I grabbed the keys on the pairing complete event, saved them to a file, read them from that file, and gave them to the peer when asked on a reconnect in the BLE_GAP_EVT_SEC_INFO_REQUEST event.

But the CCCD information doesn't work that way. I can't restore the CCCD state using the same approach, because I cannot initialize the CCCD myself from the application (even prior to a connection). Instead I was told I need to get the 'system attributes' by calling this method sd_ble_gatts_sys_attr_get(), save them to a file, and restore them by calling this method sd_ble_gatts_sys_attr_set() when I get a BLE_GATTS_EVT_SYS_ATTR_MISSING event.

Fantastic! Sounds easy enough. However, I never get a BLE_GATTS_EVT_SYS_ATTR_MISSING event. I get this event BLE_GAP_EVT_SEC_INFO_REQUEST to restore the keys, so that works. What is missing?