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NAMEtruncate, ftruncate - truncate a file to a specified length
DESCRIPTIONThe truncate() and ftruncate() functions cause the regular file named by path or referenced by fd to be truncated to a size of precisely length bytes.
If the file previously was larger than this size, the extra data is lost. If the file previously was shorter, it is extended, and the extended part reads as null bytes ('\0').
The file offset is not changed.
If the size changed, then the st_ctime and st_mtime fields (respectively, time of last status change and time of last modification; see stat(2)) for the file are updated, and the set-user-ID and set-group-ID permission bits may be cleared.
RETURN VALUEOn success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
- Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix, or the named file is not writable by the user. (See also path_resolution(7).)
- Path points outside the process's allocated address space.
- The argument length is larger than the maximum file size. (XSI)
- A signal was caught during execution.
- The argument length is negative or larger than the maximum file size.
- An I/O error occurred updating the inode.
- The named file is a directory.
- Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.
- A component of a pathname exceeded 255 characters, or an entire pathname exceeded 1023 characters.
- The named file does not exist.
- A component of the path prefix is not a directory.
- The underlying file system does not support extending a file beyond its current size.
- The named file resides on a read-only file system.
- The file is a pure procedure (shared text) file that is being executed.
For ftruncate() the same errors apply, but instead of things that can be wrong with path, we now have things that can be wrong with fd:
- The fd is not a valid descriptor.
- EBADF or EINVAL
- The fd is not open for writing.
- The fd does not reference a regular file.
CONFORMING TO4.4BSD, SVr4, POSIX.1-2001 (these calls first appeared in 4.2BSD).
NOTESThe above description is for XSI-compliant systems. For non-XSI-compliant systems, the POSIX standard allows two behaviours for ftruncate() when length exceeds the file length (note that truncate() is not specified at all in such an environment): either returning an error, or extending the file. Like most Unix implementations, Linux follows the XSI requirement when dealing with native file systems. However, some non-native file systems do not permit truncate() and ftruncate() to be used to extend a file beyond its current length: a notable example on Linux is VFAT.
SEE ALSOopen(2), stat(2), path_resolution(7)