file object, details of modes and some issues.

Christos TZOTZIOY Georgiou tzot at
Fri Sep 5 13:53:05 CEST 2003

On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 23:35:11 +0100, rumours say that simon place
<simon_place at> might have written:

>could someone confirm ( or otherwise ) this  bug.

>manual says file.truncate leave the pointer unmoved, well it doesn't, and left 
>me with a bug in a program that took a bit of finding.

> >>> f=file('test.dat','rb+')
change the above to f=file('test.dat', 'wb') to make things easier

> >>> f.write('1234567890')
> >>> f.close()
> >>> f=file('test.dat','rb+')
> >>>
> >>> f.tell()
> >>> f.truncate()
> >>> f.tell()

>( PythonWin 2.3 (#46, Jul 29 2003, 18:54:32) [MSC v.1200 32 bit (Intel)] on
>win32. )

Seems it's a Windows only bug.  On a 2.4.3 linux, libc-2.2.5 the final
statement produces 5L (and the file is only 5 bytes long).  Same on
another 2.4.19 libc-2.2.5, and a 2.4.21 libc-2.3.1 Linux, all with a
recent Python 2.4a0 .  I did reproduce it on Windows.

I believe you should post a platform-specific bug; meanwhile, you can
assure that f.truncate() works correctly on Windows by issuing a beforehand.
TZOTZIOY, I speak England very best,
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