STREAMS Programming Guide

Module Unloading and esballoc(9F)

The STREAMS framework prevents a module or driver text from being unloaded while there are open instances of the module or driver. If a module does not cancel all callbacks in the last close routine, it has to refuse to be unloaded.

This is an issue mainly for modules and drivers using esballoc since esballoc callbacks cannot be canceled. Thus modules and drivers using esballoc have to be prepared to handle calls to the esballoc callback free function after the last instance of the module or driver has been closed.

Modules and drivers can maintain a count of outstanding callbacks. They can refuse to be unloaded by having their _fini(9E) routine return EBUSY if there are outstanding callbacks.