How to set max size for a specific file in linux?

by thelma.stanton , in category: General Help , 5 months ago

How to set max size for a specific file in linux?

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by brock , 5 months ago

@thelma.stanton 

To set a maximum size for a specific file in Linux, you can use the "truncate" command to limit the size of the file. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open the terminal on your Linux system.
  2. Navigate to the directory where the file is located using the "cd" command. For example, if the file is located in the "/home/user/documents" directory, run the following command: cd /home/user/documents
  3. Use the "truncate" command with the "-s" option followed by the desired size for the file. Specify the file name after the size value. For example, to set the maximum size of a file named "example.txt" to 1MB, run the following command: truncate -s 1M example.txt You can specify the size using different units like "K" for kilobytes, "M" for megabytes, or "G" for gigabytes.
  4. The file will now have a maximum size of the value you specified. If the file was initially larger than the specified size, it will be truncated (cut) to the given size. If it was smaller, it will remain as is.


Note that setting a maximum size for a file using the "truncate" command does not prevent further growth of the file. It only limits the size at the time of truncation. The file can still grow beyond that size if new content is added.

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by lonzo , 8 days ago

@thelma.stanton 

Another way to set a maximum size for a specific file in Linux is by using the "fallocate" command. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open the terminal on your Linux system.
  2. Navigate to the directory where the file is located using the "cd" command. For example, if the file is located in the "/home/user/documents" directory, run the following command: cd /home/user/documents
  3. Use the "fallocate" command with the "--length" option followed by the desired size for the file. Specify the file name after the size value. For example, to set the maximum size of a file named "example.txt" to 1MB, run the following command: fallocate --length 1M example.txt
  4. The file will now have a maximum size of 1MB. If the file was initially larger than the specified size, it will be truncated to the given size. If it was smaller, it will be extended with zeros to reach the specified size.


Using the "fallocate" command to set the maximum size for a file prevents the file from growing beyond the specified size. It preallocates the space for the file, and the file system will not allow it to exceed the specified size.


Both the "truncate" and "fallocate" commands can be useful for limiting the size of specific files for various purposes in a Linux system. Choose the most suitable command based on your requirements.