Subject: Re: Suggestion: inclusion of the truncate(1) utility into the tree
To: Alexander Langer <alex@FreeBSD.ORG>
From: Jaromír Doleček <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/22/2000 00:36:42
I thing this tool would be handy. I support addition to NetBSD, FWIW :)


Alexander Langer wrote:
> Hello!
> FreeBSD recently imported a truncate(1) utility into their
> src-tree, which is a command-line frontend to truncate(2).
> >From its usage:
> usage: truncate [-c] -s [+|-]size[K|M|G] file ...
>        truncate [-c] -r rfile file ...
> -s truncates the file to a given filesize.  Sizes relative to the
> actual size is possible with the +/- operator, which K|M|G specifies
> Kilo/Mega/Gigabyte respectively.
> -r sets the filesize to the filesize of the file rfile.
> -c prevents truncate from creating a file if it's doesn't exist.
> We've tried to keep this tool clean and smooth, as discussed on the
> FreeBSD-Arch Mailingliste <freebsd-arch@FreeBSD.ORG>.
> However, I spoke with Sheldon Hearn <sheldonh@FreeBSD.ORG>, and
> we came to the conclusion, that--for portability--it could be nice
> to have truncate(1) in all the BSD's.
> With this mail I'd like to encourage the other BSD's to discuss
> the inclusion of truncate(1) as well.
> The source can be found at
> ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.ORG/pub/FreeBSD/FreeBSD-current/src/usr.bin/truncate/
> (add .tar for the whole dir, you know)
> Alex
> -- 
> cat: /home/alex/.sig: No such file or directory

Jaromir Dolecek <>
@@@@  Wanna a real operating system ? Go and get NetBSD, damn!  @@@@