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

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NAME         top

       truncate — truncate a file to a specified length

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <unistd.h>

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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-

       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.

RETURN VALUE         top

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

ERRORS         top

       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.

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       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, unistd.h(0p)

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