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On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, Mikael Pettersson wrote:

> 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.

Huh? On regular files ftruncate() doesn't modify the current position
at all. Try and you'll see. Besides, WTF _is_ lseek() for a character

> 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?

Maybe, but I doubt it. Anyway, it made its way into 4.4BSD, it's present
in Solaris, it's in SuS and AFAIK in POSIX. GNU might be the origin, but
it might equally well be a BSDism.

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