truncate tool - must be root?

David S. Madole david at
Tue May 30 09:12:01 PDT 2006

Eric Anderson wrote:
> Is it expected that truncate(8) must be used by a superuser?  If so, 
> then the man page should probably mention it.  If not, then it's 
> broken :)

That's a pretty weak attempt at a bug report, and a wrong one, too:

$ uname -m -r -s
FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE i386
$ id
uid=2028(madole) gid=2000(users) groups=2000(users)
$ echo "this is a test" > test
$ ls -l test
-rw-r-----  1 madole  httpd  15 May 30 12:06 test
$ truncate -s 7 test
$ ls -l test
-rw-r-----  1 madole  httpd  7 May 30 12:06 test
$ cat test
this is$

Want to try again, giving any sort of interesting details you can, like 
version you tested on or a reproducible test case?


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