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how to empty a file with DOS shell or Perl

Posted on 2009-07-04
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In Unix, empty a file with
touch file.txt
or
> file.txt
In DOS or Perl, is anything similar I can use? For example,
07/04/2009  06:20 PM             2,945 file.txt
Want it to be
07/04/2009  06:22 PM             0 file.txt
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perldoc -f truncate.

please read the Perl documentation, perldoc perlopentut (as well as others) for more info.
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perl -e1 > file.txt
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in DOS
ECHO ON > file.txt
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by:Tintin
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touch file.txt

does not empty a file.

By DOS, I'm assuming you mean Windows command shell.  You can do

TYPE >file.txt

it will give you an error, but it will empty the file.

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The traditional DOS way is
copy nul file.txt

No error, no contents.
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