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    Question read write to file

    How can I erase the data stored in /tmp/a.txt after every run of this code?

    #include <stdio.h>      // IO operations
    #include <unistd.h>       //for pid, ppid, fork functions
    #include <sys/types.h>  //for pid_t type, kill function
    #include <stdlib.h>     //for exit function
    #include <signal.h>    //for kill function
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <sys/stat.h>
    #include <string.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>
    #include <unistd.h>
    #include <assert.h>
    #include <error.h>
    int main()
     int fd;
     pid_t x=fork();
     char bufferSize[80];
     char buffer[]="Wellcome to Linux Embedded";
     char bufferNull[]=" ";
     fd=open("/tmp/a.txt", O_RDWR | O_CREAT ,0777);
     printf("can't open file\n");
        read (fd, bufferSize, sizeof(bufferSize));
        printf("reading to file\n");
       write (fd, buffer, strlen(buffer));
       printf("writing to file\n");
     close (fd) ;// Close the file descriptor
     return 0;

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    If you want to physically remove the file from storage:
    remove - Stdio.h - C - C++ Computing Reference with Worked Examples

    If you want to delete the contents, you can overwrite it with this:

    FILE *file;
    if ((file = fopen("/tmp/a.txt", "w")) != NULL) 
    I really don't know how that translates to file descriptors. That is a pretty old API, are you sure you need to use it?

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    If you need a temporary file I suggest using tmpfile(). After closing the file or exiting the program, the file will be removed automatically.

    Bye, Andreas
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