truncate man page

truncate — shrink or extend the size of a file to the specified size


truncate OPTION... FILE...


Shrink or extend the size of each FILE to the specified size

A FILE argument that does not exist is created.

If a FILE is larger than the specified size, the extra data is lost. If a FILE is shorter, it is extended and the extended part (hole) reads as zero bytes.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-c, --no-create
do not create any files
-o, --io-blocks
treat SIZE as number of IO blocks instead of bytes
-r, --reference=RFILE
base size on RFILE
-s, --size=SIZE
set or adjust the file size by SIZE bytes
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

The SIZE argument is an integer and optional unit (example: 10K is 10*1024). Units are K,M,G,T,P,E,Z,Y (powers of 1024) or KB,MB,... (powers of 1000).

SIZE may also be prefixed by one of the following modifying characters: '+' extend by, '-' reduce by, '<' at most, '>' at least, '/' round down to multiple of, '%' round up to multiple of.


Written by Padraig Brady.

Reporting Bugs

GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report truncate translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

See Also

dd(1), truncate(2), ftruncate(2)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/t…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) truncate invocation'

Referenced By

fallocate(1), truncate(2), virt-resize(1), virt-sparsify(1).

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GNU coreutils 8.25 October 2016