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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for swapctl (netbsd section 2)

SWAPCTL(2)			     BSD System Calls Manual			       SWAPCTL(2)

NAME
     swapctl -- modify swap configuration

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <unistd.h>
     #include <sys/swap.h>

     int
     swapctl(int cmd, void *arg, int misc);

DESCRIPTION
     The swapctl function is used to add and delete swap devices, and modify their configuration.

     The cmd parameter specifies the operation to be performed.  The arg and misc parameters have
     different meanings, depending on the cmd parameter.

	   1.	If cmd is SWAP_NSWAP, the current number of swap devices in the system is
		returned.  The arg and misc parameters are ignored.

	   2.	If cmd is SWAP_STATS, the current statistics for swap devices are returned in the
		arg parameter.	No more than misc swap devices are returned.  The arg parameter
		should point to an array of at least misc struct swapent structures:

		struct swapent {
			dev_t	se_dev; 		/* device id */
			int	se_flags;		/* entry flags */
			int	se_nblks;		/* total blocks */
			int	se_inuse;		/* blocks in use */
			int	se_priority;		/* priority */
			char	se_path[PATH_MAX+1];	/* path to entry */
		};

		The flags are defined as

			SWF_INUSE	in use: we have swapped here
			SWF_ENABLE	enabled: we can swap here
			SWF_BUSY	busy: I/O happening here
			SWF_FAKE	fake: still being built

	   3.	If cmd is SWAP_ON, the arg parameter is used as a pathname of a file to enable
		swapping to.  The misc parameter is used to set the priority of this swap device.

	   4.	If cmd is SWAP_OFF, the arg parameter is used as the pathname of a file to dis-
		able swapping from.  The misc parameter is ignored.

	   5.	If cmd is SWAP_CTL, the arg and misc parameters have the same function as for the
		SWAP_ON case, except that they change the priority of a currently enabled swap
		device.

	   6.	If cmd is SWAP_DUMPDEV, the arg parameter is used as the pathname of a device to
		use as the dump device, should the system panic.

	   7.	If cmd is SWAP_GETDUMPDEV, the arg parameter points to a dev_t, which is filled
		in by the current dump device.

     When swapping is enabled on a block device, the first portion of the disk is left unused to
     prevent any disklabel present from being overwritten.  This space is allocated from the swap
     device when the SWAP_ON command is used.

     The priority of a swap device can be used to fill faster swap devices before slower ones.	A
     priority of 0 is the highest, with larger numbers having lower priority.  For a fuller dis-
     cussion on swap priority, see the SWAP PRIORITY section in swapctl(8).

RETURN VALUES
     If the cmd parameter is SWAP_NSWAP or SWAP_STATS, swapctl() returns the number of swap
     devices, if successful.  The SWAP_NSWAP command is always successful.  Otherwise it returns
     0 on success and -1 on failure, setting the global variable errno to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     swapctl() succeeds unless:

     [EACCES]		Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix.

     [EBUSY]		The device specified by arg has already been made available for swapping.

     [EFAULT]		arg points outside the process' allocated address space.

     [EINVAL]		The device configured by arg has no associated size, or the cmd was
			unknown.

     [EIO]		An I/O error occurred while opening the swap device.

     [ELOOP]		Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]	A component of a pathname exceeded {NAME_MAX} characters, or an entire
			path name exceeded {PATH_MAX} characters.

     [ENOENT]		The named device does not exist.  For the SWAP_CTL command, the named
			device is not currently enabled for swapping.

     [ENOTDIR]		A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

     [ENXIO]		The major device number of arg is out of range (this indicates no device
			driver exists for the associated hardware); or the block device specified
			by arg is not marked as a swap partition in the disklabel.

     [EPERM]		The caller is not the super-user.

SEE ALSO
     swapctl(8)

HISTORY
     The swapctl() function call appeared in NetBSD 1.3.  The se_path member was added to struct
     swapent in NetBSD 1.4, when the header file was also moved from <vm/vm_swap.h> to its cur-
     rent location in <sys/swap.h>.

AUTHORS
     The current swap system was designed and implemented by Matthew Green <mrg@eterna.com.au>,
     with help from Paul Kranenburg <pk@NetBSD.org> and Leo Weppelman <leo@NetBSD.org>, and
     insights from Jason R. Thorpe <thorpej@NetBSD.org>.

BSD					   May 17, 2010 				      BSD


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