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NAME fallocate - preallocate space to a file.

SYNOPSIS fallocate [-n] [-p] [-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 allo- cating 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 -h, --help Print help and exit.

-n, --keep-size Do not modify the apparent length of the file. This may effec- tively allocate blocks past EOF, which can be removed with a truncate.

-p, --punch-hole Punch holes in the file, the range should not exceed the length of the file.

-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.

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-ng package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.

Version 1.0 Jul 2009 FALLOCATE(1)