You might also want to check that the print is succeeding; one possibility would be a full disk or a quota error resulting in not writing the whole thing. Check the close, too; sometimes output errors are deferred to the close (when all the buffers are flushed).
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Also check the size of the file to make sure it's what you expect. It's possible for certain control characters to sneak into a file and make it look different on the screen than what's actually on the disk (like ^H).
Hope this helps!