blkdev_issue_zeroout (9) - Linux Man Pages

blkdev_issue_zeroout: zero-fill a block range

NAME

blkdev_issue_zeroout - zero-fill a block range

SYNOPSIS

int blkdev_issue_zeroout(struct block_device bdev, sector_t sector, sector_t nr_sects, gfp_t gfp_mask, bool discard);

ARGUMENTS

bdev

blockdev to write

sector

start sector

nr_sects

number of sectors to write

gfp_mask

memory allocation flags (for bio_alloc)

discard

whether to discard the block range

DESCRIPTION

Zero-fill a block range. If the discard flag is set and the block device guarantees that subsequent READ operations to the block range in question will return zeroes, the blocks will be discarded. Should the discard request fail, if the discard flag is not set, or if discard_zeroes_data is not supported, this function will resort to zeroing the blocks manually, thus provisioning (allocating, anchoring) them. If the block device supports the WRITE SAME command blkdev_issue_zeroout will use it to optimize the process of clearing the block range. Otherwise the zeroing will be performed using regular WRITE calls.

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