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man pages section 9: DDI and DKI Driver Entry Points

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Updated: Friday, August 13, 2021



awrite - asynchronous write to a device


#include <sys/uio.h>
#include <sys/aio_req.h>
#include <sys/cred.h>
#include <sys/ddi.h>
#include <sys/sunddi.h>

int prefixawrite(dev_t dev, struct aio_req *aio_reqp,
     cred_t *cred_p);

Interface Level

Solaris DDI specific (Solaris DDI). This entry point is optional. Drivers that do not support an awrite() entry point should use nodev(9F)



Device number.


Pointer to the aio_req(9S) structure that describes where the data is stored.


Pointer to the credential structure.


The driver's awrite() routine is called to perform an asynchronous write. getminor(9F) can be used to access the minor number component of the dev argument. awrite() may use the credential structure pointed to by cred_p to check for superuser access by calling drv_priv(9F). The awrite() routine may also examine the uio(9S) structure through the aio_req structure pointer, aio_reqp. awrite() must call aphysio(9F) with the aio_req pointer and a pointer to the driver's strategy(9E) routine.

No fields of the uio(9S) structure pointed to by aio_req, other than uio_offset or uio_loffset, may be modified for non-seekable devices.

Return Values

The awrite() routine should return 0 for success, or the appropriate error number.


This function is called from user context only.


Example 1 Using the awrite() routine:

The following is an example of an awrite() routine:

static int
xxawrite(dev_t dev, struct aio_req *aio, cred_t *cred_p)
        int instance;
        struct xxstate *xsp;

        instance = getminor(dev);
        xsp = ddi_get_soft_state(statep, instance);
        /*Verify soft state structure has been allocated */
        if (xsp == NULL)
                 return (ENXIO);
        return (aphysio(xxstrategy, anocancel, dev, B_WRITE, \
        xxminphys, aio));

See Also

write(2), aiowrite(3C), aread(9E), read(9E), strategy(9E), write(9E), anocancel(9F), aphysio(9F), ddi_get_soft_state(9F), drv_priv(9F), getminor(9F), minphys(9F), nodev(9F), aio_req(9S), cb_ops(9S), uio(9S)

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There is no way other than calling aphysio(9F) to accomplish an asynchronous write.