[ Version ( since = "2.66" ) ]
public bool set_contents_full (string filename, string contents, ssize_t length = -1, FileSetContentsFlags flags = 0, int mode = 0666) throws FileError

Writes all of contents to a file named filename, with good error checking.

If a file called filename already exists it will be overwritten.

flags control the properties of the write operation: whether it’s atomic, and what the tradeoff is between returning quickly or being resilient to system crashes.

As this function performs file I/O, it is recommended to not call it anywhere where blocking would cause problems, such as in the main loop of a graphical application. In particular, if flags has any value other than g_file_set_contents_none then this function may call `fsync()`.

If g_file_set_contents_consistent is set in flags, the operation is atomic in the sense that it is first written to a temporary file which is then renamed to the final name.


  • On UNIX, if filename already exists hard links to filename will break. Also since the file is recreated, existing permissions, access control lists, metadata etc. may be lost. If filename is a symbolic link, the link itself will be replaced, not the linked file.
  • On UNIX, if filename already exists and is non-empty, and if the system supports it (via a journalling filesystem or equivalent), and if g_file_set_contents_consistent is set in flags, the `fsync()` call (or equivalent) will be used to ensure atomic replacement: filename will contain either its old contents or contents, even in the face of system power loss, the disk being unsafely removed, etc.
  • On UNIX, if filename does not already exist or is empty, there is a possibility that system power loss etc. after calling this function will leave filename empty or full of NUL bytes, depending on the underlying filesystem, unless g_file_set_contents_durable and g_file_set_contents_consistent are set in flags.
  • On Windows renaming a file will not remove an existing file with the new name, so on Windows there is a race condition between the existing file being removed and the temporary file being renamed.
  • On Windows there is no way to remove a file that is open to some process, or mapped into memory. Thus, this function will fail if filename already exists and is open.

If the call was successful, it returns true. If the call was not successful, it returns false and sets throws. The error domain is g_file_error. Possible error codes are those in the FileError enumeration.

Note that the name for the temporary file is constructed by appending up to 7 characters to filename.

If the file didn’t exist before and is created, it will be given the permissions from mode. Otherwise, the permissions of the existing file may be changed to mode depending on flags, or they may remain unchanged.



name of a file to write contents to, in the GLib file name encoding


string to write to the file


flags controlling the safety vs speed of the operation


file mode, as passed to `open()`; typically this will be `0666`


length of contents, or -1 if contents is a nul-terminated string


true on success, false if an error occurred

Namespace: GLib.FileUtils
Package: glib-2.0