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TRUNCATE(2)									      TRUNCATE(2)

NAME
       truncate - truncate a file to a specified length

SYNOPSIS
       truncate(path, length)
       char *path;
       off_t length;

       ftruncate(fd, length)
       int fd;
       off_t length;

DESCRIPTION
       Truncate  causes  the  file  named  by path or referenced by fd to be truncated to at most
       length bytes in size.  If the file previously was larger than this size, the extra data is
       lost.  With ftruncate, the file must be open for writing.

RETURN VALUES
       A  value  of  0 is returned if the call succeeds.  If the call fails a -1 is returned, and
       the global variable errno specifies the error.

ERRORS
       Truncate succeeds unless:

       [ENOTDIR]      A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

       [EINVAL]       The pathname contains a character with the high-order bit set.

       [ENAMETOOLONG] A component of a pathname exceeded 255 characters, or an entire  path  name
		      exceeded 1023 characters.

       [ENOENT]       The named file does not exist.

       [EACCES]       Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix.

       [EACCES]       The named file is not writable by the user.

       [ELOOP]	      Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.

       [EISDIR]       The named file is a directory.

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

       [ETXTBSY]      The file is a pure procedure (shared text) file that is being executed.

       [EIO]	      An I/O error occurred updating the inode.

       [EFAULT]       Path points outside the process's allocated address space.

       Ftruncate succeeds unless:

       [EBADF]	      The fd is not a valid descriptor.

       [EINVAL]       The fd references a socket, not a file.

       [EINVAL]       The fd is not open for writing.

SEE ALSO
       open(2)

BUGS
       These calls should be generalized to allow ranges of bytes in a file to be discarded.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution		  March 29, 1986			      TRUNCATE(2)
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