Re: truncating files
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Carl Mummert <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Is there already a (standard) utility on a linux box to truncate a
> file to 0 bytes? [Besides echo -n "" > foo, which is 1) too long for
> my lazy fingers and 2) won't take multiple filenames ]
> Since I couldn't find one, I wrote a little C program to do it, but I
> am still interested in whether there is already one on the system.
Other users have suggested the use of "> foo", a "null command", but
that does not work in tcsh, my preferred shell. Note that "echo > z"
does not, as you might expect it to, add a blank line (at least under
tcsh). So you can save 5 characters from your example that way.
However the way I do this is by doing "cp /dev/null foo"... I don't
remember why but this is supposedly a better way of doing it. I think
it preserves the file permissions more accurately? I am not sure.
I picked that up years ago but have since forgotten the reason...
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