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8.14. SG_SET_RESERVED_SIZE (and _GET_ )

SG_SET_RESERVED_SIZE 0x2275 [_GET_ 0x2272]. Both ioctl()s assume the 3rd argument is pointing to an int.

For ioctl(SG_SET_RESERVED_SIZE) the value will be used to request a new reserved buffer of that size. The previous reserved buffer is freed (if it is not in use; if it was in use then the ioctl() fails and EBUSY is placed in errno). A new reserved buffer is then allocated and its actual size can be found by calling the ioctl(SG_GET_RESERVED_SIZE). The reserved buffer is then used for DMA purposes by subsequent write() and ioctl(SG_IO) commands if it is not already in use and if the write() is not calling for a buffer size larger than that reserved. The reserved buffer may well be a series of kernel buffers if the adapter supports scatter-gather. Large buffers can be requested (e.g. 4 MB) but not necessarily granted. Once a mmap() call has been made on a sg file descriptor, subsequent calls to this ioctl() will fail with EBUSY placed in errno.

In the case of ioctl(SG_GET_RESERVED_SIZE) the size in bytes of the reserved buffer from open() or the most recent SG_SET_RESERVED_SIZE ioctl() call on this fd. The result can be 0 if memory is very tight. In this case it may not be wise to attempt something like burning a CD on this file descriptor.