Hi Alan,

I see you already have several good responses.  That said, I wonder if you can explain the environment in which you want to do this a bit more?   Why would someone want to clear a file?

When you open a file, of course, there's an option to clear it. (O_TRUNC in on the open() API, or the 'w' flag on fopen())  Other languages have similar options.    So, normally, an application that wants to start a file from the beginning will specify these -- you don't normally need to manually clear them like you would a physical file.

Also, the creation of a physical file requires quite a bit of overhead since it's a much more complex animal.  It needs to create the file's description, sometimes indexes, etc.   There isn't as much overhead with a stream file -- so it's not an issue to simply delete the file in order to clear it.   You almost never notice any performance problems with deleting it vs. clearing it. (In fact, from a file sharing perspective there can be advantages to using delete.  If someone currently has the file open and is reading from it, you can delete it and the OS will let them keep reading it, it will be removed from the directory, but the actual data will remain until the program closes it, so it can keep reading it.)

So in order to make sure you have the best possible answer, we'd need to understand your scenario.  Is this something you're doing interactively or in a program?   Why are you doing it?  etc.


On 10/14/2021 7:35 AM, Alan Shore via MIDRANGE-L wrote:
We are on V7r3
Does anyone know of a command and/or process and/or procedure to clear a file in the ifs
I tried a google search, but nothing was found


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