Re: Question about /dev/null
From: Chris F.A. Johnson (cfajohnson_at_gmail.com)
Date: 11 Nov 2004 02:48:11 GMT
On 2004-11-11, Jeffrey Froman wrote:
> Thomas Keller wrote:
>> This might sound a bit stupid, but could somebody please explain the
>> purpose of such devices like /dev/null or /dev/zero to me?
> A use for /dev/null that hasn't been mentioned is to completely clean out a
> file without removing that file. This is sometimes handy for certain log
> files, for example:
> cat /dev/null > log.txt
> Leaves log.txt intact, but it is now empty.
So do these, and /dev/null is not needed (nor any external
echo -n > log.txt
printf "" > log.txt
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