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man pages section 9: DDI and DKI Driver Entry Points

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Updated: Friday, August 13, 2021



power - power a device attached to the system


#include <sys/ddi.h>
#include <sys/sunddi.h>

int prefixpower(dev_info_t *dip, int component, int level);

Interface Level

Solaris DDI specific (Solaris DDI). This entry point is required. If the driver writer does not supply this entry point, the value NULL must be used in the cb_ops(9S) structure instead.



Pointer to the device's dev_info structure.


Component of the driver to be managed.


Desired component power level.


The power(9E) function is the device-specific Power Management entry point. This function is called when the system wants the driver to set the power level of component to level.

The level argument is the driver-defined power level to which the component needs to be set. Except for power level 0, which is interpreted by the framework to mean “powered off,” the interpretation of level is entirely up to the driver.

The component argument is the component of the device to be power-managed. The interpretation of component is entirely up to the driver.

When a requested power transition would cause the device to lose state, the driver must save the state of the device in memory. When a requested power transition requires state to be restored, the driver must restore that state.

If a requested power transition for one component requires another component to change power state before it can be completed, the driver must call pm_raise_power(9F) to get the other component changed, and the power(9E) entry point must support being re-entered.

If the system requests an inappropriate power transition for the device (for example, a request to power down a device which has just become busy), then the power level should not be changed and power should return DDI_FAILURE.

Return Values

The power() function returns:


Successfully set the power to the requested level.


Failed to set the power to the requested level.


The power() function is called from user or kernel context only.


See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface Stability

See Also

attach(9E), detach(9E), pm_busy_component(9F), pm_idle_component(9F), pm_raise_power(9F), cb_ops(9S)

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