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geom_stats_open, geom_stats_close, geom_stats_resync,



      geom_stats_open, geom_stats_close, geom_stats_resync,
      geom_stats_snapshot_get, geom_stats_snapshot_free,
      geom_stats_snapshot_timestamp, geom_stats_snapshot_reset,
      geom_stats_snapshot_next, gctl_get_handle, gctl_ro_param, gctl_rw_param,
      gctl_issue, gctl_free, gctl_dump, g_open, g_close, g_mediasize,
      g_sectorsize, g_flush, g_delete, g_get_ident, g_get_name, g_open_by_ident
      - userland API library for kernel GEOM subsystem


      library “libgeom”


      #include <libgeom.h>
    Statistics Functions
      void *
      geom_stats_snapshot_free(void *arg);
      geom_stats_snapshot_timestamp(void *arg, struct timespec *tp);
      geom_stats_snapshot_reset(void *arg);
      struct devstat *
      geom_stats_snapshot_next(void *arg);
    Control Functions
      struct gctl_req *
      gctl_ro_param(struct gctl_req *req, const char *name, int len,
              const void *value);
      gctl_rw_param(struct gctl_req *req, const char *name, int len,
              void *value);
      const char *
      gctl_issue(struct gctl_req *req);
      gctl_free(struct gctl_req *req);
      gctl_dump(struct gctl_req *req, FILE *f);
    Utility Functions
      g_open(const char *name, int write);
      g_close(int fd);
      g_mediasize(int fd);
      g_sectorsize(int fd);
      g_flush(int fd);
      g_delete(int fd, off_t offset, off_t length);
      g_get_ident(int fd, char *ident, size_t size);
      g_get_name(const char *ident, char *name, size_t size);
      g_open_by_ident(const char *ident, int write, char *name, size_t size);


      The geom library contains the official and publicized API for interacting
      with the GEOM subsystem in the kernel.
    Statistics Functions
      GEOM collects statistics data for all consumers and providers, but does
      not perform any normalization or presentation on the raw data, this is
      left as an excercize for user-land presentation utilities.
      The geom_stats_open() and geom_stats_close() functions open and close the
      necessary pathways to access the raw statistics information in the ker‐
      nel.  These functions are likely to open one or more files and cache the
      file descriptors locally.  The geom_stats_open() function returns zero on
      success, and sets errno if not.
      The geom_stats_resync() function will check if more statistics collection
      points have been added in the kernel since geom_stats_open() or the pre‐
      vious call to geom_stats_resync().
      The geom_stats_snapshot_get() function will acquire a snapshot of the raw
      data from the kernel, and while a reasonable effort is made to make this
      snapshot as atomic and consistent as possible, no guarantee is given that
      it will actually be so.  The snapshot must be freed again using the
      geom_stats_snapshot_free() function.  The geom_stats_snapshot_get() func‐
      tion returns NULL on failure.
      The geom_stats_snapshot_timestamp() function provides access to the
      timestamp acquired in the snapshot.
      The geom_stats_snapshot_reset() and geom_stats_snapshot_next() functions
      provide an iterator over the statistics slots in the snapshot.  The
      geom_stats_snapshot_reset() function forces the internal pointer in the
      snapshot back to before the first item.  The geom_stats_snapshot_next()
      function returns the next item, and NULL if there are no more items in
      the snapshot.
    Control Functions
      The gctl_*() functions are used to send requests to GEOM classes.  In
      order for a GEOM class to actually be able to receive these requests, it
      must have defined a "ctlreq" method.
      A struct gctl_req *, obtained with gctl_get_handle(), can hold any number
      of parameters, which must be added to it with gctl_ro_param() (for read-
      only parameters) or gctl_rw_param() (for read/write parameters).
      Both gctl_ro_param() and gctl_rw_param() take a string name, which is
      used to identify the parameter, and a value, which contains, in the read-
      only case, the data to be passed to the GEOM class, or, in the read/write
      case, a pointer to preallocated memory that the GEOM class should fill
      with the desired data.  If len is negative, it is assumed that value is
      an ASCII string and the actual length is taken from the string length of
      value; otherwise it must hold the size of value.
      A parameter with a name containing the string "class" is mandatory for
      each request, and the corresponding value must hold the name of the GEOM
      class where the request should be sent to.
      Also mandatory for each request is a parameter with a name called "verb",
      and the corresponding value needs to hold the command string that the
      GEOM class should react upon.
      Once all desired parameters are filled in, the request must be sent to
      the GEOM subsystem with gctl_issue(), which returns NULL on success, or a
      string containing the error message on failure.
      After the request is finished, the allocated memory should be released
      with gctl_free().
      The gctl_dump() function can be used to format the contents of req to the
      open file handle pointed to by f, for debugging purposes.
      Error handling for the control functions is postponed until the call to
      gctl_issue(), which returns NULL on success, or an error message corre‐
      sponding to the first error which happened.
    Utility Functions
      The g_*() functions are used to communicate with GEOM providers.
      The g_open() function opens the given provider and returns file descrip‐
      tor number, which can be used with other functions.  The write argument
      indicates if operations that modify the provider (like g_flush() or
      g_delete()) are going to be called.
      The g_close() function closes the provider.
      The g_mediasize() function returns size of the given provider.
      The g_sectorsize() function returns sector size of the given provider.
      The g_flush() function sends BIO_FLUSH request to flush write cache of
      the provider.
      The g_delete() function tells the provider that the given data range is
      no longer used.
      The g_get_ident() function returns provider’s fixed and unique identi‐
      fier.  The ident argument should be at least DISK_IDENT_SIZE big.
      The g_get_name() function returns name of the provider, which identifier
      is equal to the ident string.
      The g_open_by_ident() function opens provider using its ident, unlike
      g_open() which uses provider’s name.  If the name argument is not NULL,
      the function will store provider’s name there.
      All functions return value greater than or equal to 0 on success or -1 on


      Create a request that is to be sent to the CCD class, and tell it to
      destroy a specific geom:
            H = gctl_get_handle();
            gctl_ro_param(H, "verb", -1, "destroy geom");
            gctl_ro_param(H, "class", -1, "CCD");
            sprintf(buf, "ccd%d", ccd);
            gctl_ro_param(H, "geom", -1, buf);
            errstr = gctl_issue(H);
            if (errstr != NULL)
                err(1, "could not destroy ccd: %s", errstr);


      The geom library appeared in FreeBSD 5.1.


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