Subject: Re: Suggestion: inclusion of the truncate(1) utility into the tree
To: Matthew Orgass <email@example.com>
From: Alexander Langer <alex@FreeBSD.ORG>
Date: 07/22/2000 19:02:03
Thus spake Matthew Orgass (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> 1) truncate(2) is not general enough. This should be fixed *before* a
> utility to use it is created.
What do you mean w/ "general enough"?
> 2) truncate(1) should not create the file by default.
We've discussed that one on freebsd-arch for a long time and came to
the conclusion, that it should create the file because of "POLA"
(Principle of least astonishment): touch(1) and other tools that are
expected to do different jobs do create files by default, too.
(Remember: touch(1)'s job is to modify inodes, not to create files).
> 3) Even when doing file relative truncate you should be able to specify an
> additional relative size.
> 4) "truncate file" should mean truncate to zero.
No, that's a security risk.
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