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I want to tell someone the file which is being sent is "empty",

Maybe the proper translation of empty is "leer" and I found:

Leerdatei : dummy file

Is it the correct usage? While dummy is not really what I meant.

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Do you mean an actually empty 0-byte file, or something like a form which has not been filled in? –  Tim Oct 29 '11 at 15:11
@TimN: The person claimed by following the attachment, there are some folders in the file (also the file I wanted) but there's nothing inside. I'd like to reply to it that "the file is empty" or it's an "empty file". –  user508 Oct 29 '11 at 16:24

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In German, you'd say you will send an empty file. In IT-context an empty file is known as "leere Datei".

Correct possibilities are:

Eine leere Datei anlegen.

Die leere Datei "xyz.xyz" öffnen.

Ich werde eine leere Datei senden.

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+1 And a useful correct possibility is: 'Eine leere Datei beziehungsweise leere Dateien löschen' –  bernd_k Oct 29 '11 at 11:04
@florianb: Thanks, But I don't want to send an empty file, I'd like to inform a person that the file he has sent me is "empty". –  user508 Oct 29 '11 at 14:33
@Gigili The file you have sent me is empty: Die von Ihnen gesendete Datei ist leer. (you can replace "Ihnen" with "dir" if you know the person well and would call him/her by his/her first name) –  Preli Oct 29 '11 at 16:51
Ob man die Datei sendet oder empfängt - leer bleibt leer. –  user unknown Oct 30 '11 at 1:06

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