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On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, Alexander Viro wrote:

> And what kind of meaning would you assign to truncate on floppy?

On a block or char device, truncate == lseek seems reasonable.

My guess is that dd uses ftruncate because that's correct for
regular files and has happened to also work (as an alias for
lseek) for devices.

> Use conv=notrunc.

I didn't know about notrunc. Yet another GNU invention?

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