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NAME

fallocate - preallocate space to a file

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
Authors
See Also
Availability

SYNOPSIS

fallocate [-n] [-o offset] -l length filename

DESCRIPTION

fallocate 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.

OPTIONS

The length and offset arguments may be followed by binary (2^N) suffixes KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB, PiB and EiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g. "K" has the same meaning as "KiB") or decimal (10^N) suffixes KB, MB, GB, PB and EB.
-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, Specifies the beginning offset of the allocation, in bytes.
-l, Specifies the length of the allocation, in bytes.

AUTHORS

Eric Sandeen <sandeen@redhat.com>
Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>

SEE ALSO

fallocate(2), posix_fallocate(3), truncate(1)

AVAILABILITY

The fallocate command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.


util-linux FALLOCATE (1) July 2009
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