TRUNCATE(3P)               POSIX Programmer's Manual              TRUNCATE(3P)

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       truncate — truncate a file to a specified length

       #include <unistd.h>

       int truncate(const char *path, off_t length);

       The truncate() function shall cause the regular file named by path to
       have a size which shall be equal to length bytes.

       If the file previously was larger than length, the extra data is
       discarded. If the file was previously shorter than length, its size is
       increased, and the extended area appears as if it were zero-filled.

       The application shall ensure that the process has write permission for
       the file.

       If the request would cause the file size to exceed the soft file size
       limit for the process, the request shall fail and the implementation
       shall generate the SIGXFSZ signal for the process.

       The truncate() function shall not modify the file offset for any open
       file descriptions associated with the file. Upon successful completion,
       if the file size is changed, truncate() shall mark for update the last
       data modification and last file status change timestamps of the file,
       and the S_ISUID and S_ISGID bits of the file mode may be cleared.

       Upon successful completion, truncate() shall return 0. Otherwise, −1
       shall be returned, and errno set to indicate the error.

       The truncate() function shall fail if:

       EINTR  A signal was caught during execution.

       EINVAL The length argument was less than 0.

       EFBIG or EINVAL
              The length argument was greater than the maximum file size.

       EIO    An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to a file

       EACCES A component of the path prefix denies search permission, or
              write permission is denied on the file.

       EISDIR The named file is a directory.

       ELOOP  A loop exists in symbolic links encountered during resolution of
              the path argument.

              The length of a component of a pathname is longer than

       ENOENT A component of path does not name an existing file or path is an
              empty string.

              A component of the path prefix names an existing file that is
              neither a directory nor a symbolic link to a directory, or the
              path argument contains at least one non-<slash> character and
              ends with one or more trailing <slash> characters and the last
              pathname component names an existing file that is neither a
              directory nor a symbolic link to a directory.

       EROFS  The named file resides on a read-only file system.

       The truncate() function may fail if:

       ELOOP  More than {SYMLOOP_MAX} symbolic links were encountered during
              resolution of the path argument.

              The length of a pathname exceeds {PATH_MAX}, or pathname
              resolution of a symbolic link produced an intermediate result
              with a length that exceeds {PATH_MAX}.

       The following sections are informative.






       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <unistd.h>

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