Linux has this fun device file called “/dev/full”, which is like its more famous cousin “/dev/null”, but when you write to “/dev/full”, instead of throwing away the data, it fails. It acts like a file on a filesystem that has just run out of space:


This is a great little tool for testing that programs handle I/O errors correctly. It’s inconvenient to create actual filesystems with no space left, or disks that actually fail, but it’s really easy to ask a program to write its output to “/dev/full” and see what happens.

Source: Bugs in Hello World - sunfishcode’s blog

Very interesting. I’d never seen /dev/full before.