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Linux 2.6 - man page for aio_read (linux section 3)

AIO_READ(3)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			      AIO_READ(3)

       aio_read - asynchronous read

       #include <aio.h>

       int aio_read(struct aiocb *aiocbp);

       Link with -lrt.

       The  aio_read()	function  queues  the  I/O  request described by the buffer pointed to by
       aiocbp.	This function is the asynchronous analog of read(2).  The arguments of the call

	   read(fd, buf, count)

       correspond (in order) to the fields aio_fildes, aio_buf, and aio_nbytes of  the	structure
       pointed to by aiocbp.  (See aio(7) for a description of the aiocb structure.)

       The  data  is  read starting at the absolute file offset aiocbp->aio_offset, regardless of
       the current file offset.  After the call, the value of the current file offset is unspeci-

       The  "asynchronous" means that this call returns as soon as the request has been enqueued;
       the read may or may not have completed when the call returns.  One  tests  for  completion
       using  aio_error(3).   The  return  status of a completed I/O operation can be obtained by
       aio_return(3).  Asynchronous notification of I/O completion can	be  obtained  by  setting
       aiocbp->aio_sigevent appropriately; see sigevent(7) for details.

       If  _POSIX_PRIORITIZED_IO  is  defined,	and  this file supports it, then the asynchronous
       operation is submitted  at  a  priority	equal  to  that  of  the  calling  process  minus

       The field aiocbp->aio_lio_opcode is ignored.

       No data is read from a regular file beyond its maximum offset.

       On  success,  0	is  returned.	On error the request is not enqueued, -1 is returned, and
       errno is set appropriately.  If an error is detected only later, it will be  reported  via
       aio_return(3)  (returns status -1) and aio_error(3) (error status--whatever one would have
       gotten in errno, such as EBADF).

       EAGAIN Out of resources.

       EBADF  aio_fildes is not a valid file descriptor open for reading.

       EINVAL One or more of aio_offset, aio_reqprio, or aio_nbytes are invalid.

       ENOSYS aio_read() is not implemented.

	      The file is a regular file, we start reading before end-of-file and want	at  least
	      one byte, but the starting position is past the maximum offset for this file.

       The aio_read() function is available since glibc 2.1.

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       It is a good idea to zero out the control block before use.  The control block must not be
       changed while the read operation is in progress.  The buffer area being read into must not
       be  accessed  during  the  operation  or  undefined  results  may occur.  The memory areas
       involved must remain valid.

       Simultaneous I/O operations specifying the same aiocb structure produce undefined results.

       See aio(7).

       aio_cancel(3), aio_error(3), aio_fsync(3),  aio_return(3),  aio_suspend(3),  aio_write(3),
       lio_listio(3), aio(7)

       This  page  is  part of release 3.55 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at

					    2012-05-08				      AIO_READ(3)

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