fallocate - preallocate space to a file.
fallocate [-n] [-o offset] -l length filename
fallocate is used to preallocate blocks to a file. For filesystems which support the fal-
locate system call, this is done quickly by allocating blocks and marking them as unini-
tialized, requiring no IO to the data blocks. This is much faster than creating a file by
filling it with zeros.
As of the Linux Kernel v2.6.31, the fallocate system call is supported by the btrfs, ext4,
ocfs2, and xfs filesystems.
The exit code returned by fallocate is 0 on success and 1 on failure.
Print help and exit.
Do not modify the apparent length of the file. This may effectively allocate blocks
past EOF, which can be removed with a truncate.
-o, --offset offset
Specifies the beginning offset of the allocation, in bytes. Suffixes of k, m, g,
t, p, e may be specified to denote KiB, MiB, GiB, etc.
-l, --length length
Specifies the length of the allocation, in bytes. Suffixes of k, m, g, t, p, e may
be specified to denote KiB, MiB, GiB, etc.
Eric Sandeen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Karel Zak <email@example.com>
fallocate(2), posix_fallocate(3), truncate(1)
The fallocate command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available from
Version 1.0 Jul 2009 FALLOCATE(1)