Initializing files to empty in korn shell

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Old 08-11-2008
Initializing files to empty in korn shell


i want to know how to initialize a file to an empty one in korn shell scripting? i'm using a file name and building it during a while loop using >>. The problem occurs when the file is not empty before reaching the while loop. therefore, i want to initialize it before the loop to get rid of any prior data.. how can i do that with korn shell scripting?

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Old 08-11-2008
This will overwrite OR create the file

echo "" > /path/to/filename

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Old 08-11-2008
thanks Ikon, but this creates an empty line at the beginning of the file. how can i achieve the same result withouth the beginning empty line?
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Old 08-11-2008
cat /dev/null > /path/to/filename

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Old 08-11-2008
thank you soooo much!
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Old 08-12-2008
or a more "elegant" way

if [ -e /path/to/file ]
rm /path/to/file

altho that is an uncesesary if, you can simple try to rm it and disble output

rm /path/to/file > /dev/null 2>&1
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Old 08-12-2008
Adding more shell commands matters while running shell script as it invoke subshell.
IMO echoing is good option. as echo is a builtin command. Smilie

- nilesh
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