|POSIX_FALLOCATE(3)||Linux Programmer's Manual||POSIX_FALLOCATE(3)|
int posix_fallocate(int fd, off_t offset, off_t len);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
If the size of the file is less than offset+len, then the file is increased to this size; otherwise the file size is left unchanged.
- fd is not a valid file descriptor, or is not opened for writing.
- offset+len exceeds the maximum file size.
- A signal was caught during execution.
- offset was less than 0, or len was less than or equal to 0, or the underlying filesystem does not support the operation.
- fd does not refer to a regular file.
- There is not enough space left on the device containing the file referred to by fd.
- fd refers to a pipe.
|posix_fallocate ()||Thread safety||MT-Safe (but see NOTES)|
POSIX.1-2008 says that an implementation shall give the EINVAL error if len was 0, or offset was less than 0. POSIX.1-2001 says that an implementation shall give the EINVAL error if len is less than 0, or offset was less than 0, and may give the error if len equals zero.
- The emulation is inefficient.
- There is a race condition where concurrent writes from another thread or process could be overwritten with null bytes.
- There is a race condition where concurrent file size increases by another thread or process could result in a file whose size is smaller than expected.
- If fd has been opened with the O_APPEND or O_WRONLY flags, the function fails with the error EBADF.
In general, the emulation is not MT-safe. On Linux, applications may use fallocate(2) if they cannot tolerate the emulation caveats. In general, this is only recommended if the application plans to terminate the operation if EOPNOTSUPP is returned, otherwise the application itself will need to implement a fallback with all the same problems as the emulation provided by glibc.