FALLOCATESection: User Commands (1)
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NAMEfallocate - preallocate space to a file.
SYNOPSISfallocate [-n] [-o offset] -l length filename
DESCRIPTIONfallocate is used to preallocate blocks to a file. For filesystems which support the fallocate system call, this is done quickly by allocating blocks and marking them as uninitialized, requiring no IO to the data blocks. This is much faster than creating a file by filling it with zeros.
As of the Linux Kernel v2.6.31, the fallocate system call is supported by the btrfs, ext4, ocfs2, and xfs filesystems.
The exit code returned by fallocate is 0 on success and 1 on failure.
- -h, --help
- Print help and exit.
- -n, --keep-size
- Do not modify the apparent length of the file. This may effectively allocate blocks past EOF, which can be removed with a truncate.
- -o, --offset offset
- Specifies the beginning offset of the allocation, in bytes. Suffixes of k, m, g, t, p, e may be specified to denote KiB, MiB, GiB, etc.
- -l, --length length
- Specifies the length of the allocation, in bytes. Suffixes of k, m, g, t, p, e may be specified to denote KiB, MiB, GiB, etc.
Eric Sandeen <[email protected]> Karel Zak <[email protected]>
SEE ALSOfallocate(2), posix_fallocate(3), truncate(1)
AVAILABILITYThe fallocate command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.
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