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SubjectRe: splice methods in character device driver
On Sat, Jun 06 2009, Leon Woestenberg wrote:
> Hello Jens,
>
> in the spirit of splice-and-dice I continue asking questions until I grasp this.
>
> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Jens Axboe<jens.axboe@oracle.com> wrote:
> > So if your design is allocating the pages in the ->splice_read()
> > handler and initiating IO to these pages, then you need to provide a
> > suitable ->confirm() hook that can wait on this IO to complete if
> > needed.
>
> When the driver's splice_read() is called, the kernel wants the driver to
> allocate pages and later check that they are filled with data through the
> confirm() hook. Is that correct?

Correct.

> How can I pass information from the splice_read(), which spawns a hardware
> DMA to the pages in my case, to the confirm() hook which is called at some
> (random) time in the future?

There's a ->private for each pipe_buffer, so you can pass along info on
a per-page granularity.

--
Jens Axboe



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