STREAMS Programming Guide


The timeout(9F) and bufcall(9F) callbacks are asynchronous. For a module using MT STREAMS perimeters, the timeout(9F) and bufcall(9F) callback functions execute outside the scope of the perimeters. This makes it complex for the callbacks to synchronize with the rest of the module.

To make timeout(9F) and bufcall(9F) functionality easier to use for modules with perimeters, there are additional interfaces that use synchronous callbacks. These routines are qtimeout(9F), quntimeout(9F), qbufcall(9F), and qunbufcall(9F). When using these routines, the callback functions are executed inside the perimeters, hence with the same concurrency restrictions as the put and service procedures.