Subject: Re: Suggestion: inclusion of the truncate(1) utility into the tree
To: Theo de Raadt <>
From: Alexander Langer <alex@FreeBSD.ORG>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/22/2000 10:48:19
Thus spake Theo de Raadt (

> I overstated the case here.  It's not useless.  But the power it
> provides is not significant compared to the impact it can have on the
> portability of shell scripts.

We added a STANARDS section to the manpage which explititely states,
that for compatibilty one should _not_ use truncate(1).

And to reach the functionality of truncate(1), it will become a long
shellscript with some ugly hacks, e.g. for the -r option.

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