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SubjectRe: Editing-in-place of a large file
> What's needed is a generalisation of sparse files and truncate().
> They both handle similar problems.

how about

fzero(int fd, off_t off, size_t len)

which zeros the blocks and if it can creates a holey file?

However, that's not what Bob wants, he wants to remove commercials from
recorded TV. So what he wants is

fdelete(int fd, off_t off, size_t len)

which has the semantics of shifting the rest of the file backwards to "off".

The main problem with this is if the off/len are not block aligned. If they
are, then this is just block twiddling, if they aren't, then this is a file
rewrite anyway.
Larry McVoy lm at
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