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bug#7463: truncate

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#7463: truncate
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:48:29 -0700
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On 11/22/2010 07:41 AM, Rupert Bruce wrote:
> truncate (GNU coreutils) 7.4
> Unexpected behavior:
> $ ls -l
> total 0
> $ truncate --size 0 *.log
> $ ls
> *.log

Thanks for the report.  However, this is not a bug, but how the shell
works.  By default, if a shell glob has no matches (in your case, there
are no files ending in .log in the current directory), then the glob is
passed as-is to the child process.  And truncate assumes that when given
a file name that it should create that file.

> I would expect "truncate --size 0 *.log" to truncate any files ending
> with ".log"; instead I get a new file called "*.log"

Then your expectations need to be refined in light of standardized shell
globbing behavior.

Also, since you mentioned you use bash, you can change your shell
defaults.  For example, 'shopt -s failglob' would make your above
command abort because no .log files were present, rather than passing
the unexpanded glob on as a filename.  Likewise, 'shopt -s nullglob'
would make a non-matching glob silently result in no output (use with
caution; things like 'cat *.log' become a much different beast when
nullglob is enabled).

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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