Empty a file of contents

> [filename]
Ever need to erase the contents of a file and start over from scratch? This easy command allows you to do so. Be warned! This will immediately erase all the contents of your file and start you over from scratch (i.e. your file will be at 0 bytes, like if you touch a file).
Sample Output
/home/bbbco> > test.txt

By: bbbco
2011-05-18 14:59:02

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I keep forgetting this and using 'echo -n "" > filename' instead.
Mozai · 544 weeks and 4 days ago
Duplicate command. Please do search before posting...
FRUiT · 544 weeks and 4 days ago
@FRUiT Crap! I see that now! The suggested duplicates when you enter the new command never listed these past entries!
bbbco · 544 weeks and 3 days ago

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