[docs] [issue26158] File truncate() not defaulting to current position as documented

Martin Panter report at bugs.python.org
Tue Jan 19 22:04:51 EST 2016

Martin Panter added the comment:

Fornax: Yes, I was suggesting the idea of deprecating truncate() for text files! Although a blanket deprecation of all cases may not be realistic. Quickly reading the Stack Overflow pages, it seems like there is demand for this to work in some cases. Deprecating it in the more awkward situations, such as after after reading, and with specific kinds of codecs, might be an option though.

Now I think Issue 12215 (read then write) is more closely related to the read-then-truncate problem. For the write-then-read bug, it might be a separate problem with an easy fix: call flush() before changing to reader mode.

Eryk: If there is no decoder state, and the file data hasn’t changed, maybe it is solvable. But I realize now it won’t work in general. We would have to construct the encoder state from the decoder state. The same problem as Issue 12215.


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