[plt-scheme] Patch for truncate(2)/chsize

From: Evan Farrer (farrer at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 29 11:39:04 EDT 2005

I've created a patch for plt/collects/mzlib/os.ss that provides ffi access
to truncate(2).  I've tested it on gentoo linux 2.4 and Windows XP.

The patch can be found here:


and a simple description of the function:

  (truncate-file path [size]) truncates the given file to <size>.  If the
<size> parameter is omited the file is truncated to 0 bytes.  If <size> is larger than
the current file size it is extended to <size> bytes.  An error is raised if
the file doesn't exist or if the process doesn't have sufficient rights to
truncate the file.


  Perhaps this function belongs in plt/collects/mzlib/file.ss

  When a file is extended on Windows null bytes are appended to the end.  On
*nix the eof is extened creating a file with a hole in it.  The end result is
similar but under windows the delay is relative to the size of the extended
file where under *nix the delay is constant.


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