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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for swapctl (opensolaris section 2)

swapctl(2)				   System Calls 			       swapctl(2)

       swapctl - manage swap space

       #include <sys/stat.h>
       #include <sys/swap.h>

       int swapctl(int cmd, void *arg);

       The  swapctl()  function  adds,	deletes, or returns information about swap resources. cmd
       specifies one of the following options contained in <sys/swap.h>:

	 SC_ADD        /* add a resource for swapping */
	 SC_LIST       /* list the resources for swapping */
	 SC_REMOVE     /* remove a resource for swapping */
	 SC_GETNSWP    /* return number of swap resources */

       When SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE is specified, arg is a pointer to a swapres structure  containing
       the following members:

	 char	 *sr_name;    /* pathname of resource */
	 off_t	 sr_start;    /* offset to start of swap area */
	 off_t	 sr_length;   /* length of swap area */

       The  sr_start  and sr_length members are specified in 512-byte blocks. A swap resource can
       only be removed by specifying the same values for the sr_start and  sr_length  members  as
       were specified when it was added. Swap resources need not be removed in the order in which
       they were added.

       When SC_LIST is specified, arg is a pointer to a swaptable structure containing	the  fol-
       lowing members:

	 int		 swt_n;       /* number of swapents following */
	 struct swapent  swt_ent[];   /* array of swt_n swapents */

       A swapent structure contains the following members:

	 char	*ste_path;    /* name of the swap file */
	 off_t	ste_start;    /* starting block for swapping */
	 off_t	ste_length;   /* length of swap area */
	 long	ste_pages;    /* number of pages for swapping */
	 long	ste_free;     /* number of ste_pages free */
	 long	ste_flags;    /* ST_INDEL bit set if swap file */
			      /* is now being deleted */

       The SC_LIST function causes swapctl() to return at most swt_n entries. The return value of
       swapctl() is the number actually returned. The ST_INDEL bit is turned on in  ste_flags  if
       the swap file is in the process of being deleted.

       When  SC_GETNSWP is specified, swapctl() returns as its value the number of swap resources
       in use. arg is ignored for this operation.

       The SC_ADD and SC_REMOVE functions will fail if calling process does not have  appropriate

       Upon  successful  completion,  the  function  swapctl() returns a value of 0 for SC_ADD or
       SC_REMOVE, the number of struct swapent entries actually returned   for	SC_LIST,  or  the
       number  of  swap  resources  in	use  for SC_GETNSWP. Upon failure, the function swapctl()
       returns a value	of -1 and sets errno to indicate an error.

       Under the following conditions, the function swapctl() fails and sets errno to:

       EEXIST	       Part of the range specified by sr_start and  sr_length  is  already  being
		       used for swapping on the specified resource (SC_ADD).

       EFAULT	       Either arg, sr_name, or ste_path points to an illegal address.

       EINVAL	       The  specified  function  value	is not valid, the path specified is not a
		       swap resource (SC_REMOVE), part of the range  specified	by  sr_start  and
		       sr_length  lies	outside the resource specified (SC_ADD), or the specified
		       swap area is less than one page (SC_ADD).

       EISDIR	       The path specified for SC_ADD is a directory.

       ELOOP	       Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname  pro-
		       vided to SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE.

       ENAMETOOLONG    The  length  of	a component of the path specified for SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE
		       exceeds NAME_MAX characters or the length of  the  path	exceeds  PATH_MAX
		       characters and _POSIX_NO_TRUNC is in effect.

       ENOENT	       The pathname specified for SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE does not exist.

       ENOMEM	       An  insufficient  number  of  struct  swapent  structures were provided to
		       SC_LIST, or there were insufficient  system  storage  resources	available
		       during  an  SC_ADD  or SC_REMOVE, or the system would not have enough swap
		       space after an SC_REMOVE.

       ENOSYS	       The pathname specified for SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE is not a file or block spe-
		       cial device.

       ENOTDIR	       Pathname provided to SC_ADD or SC_REMOVE contained a component in the path
		       prefix that was not a directory.

       EPERM	       The {PRIV_SYS_MOUNT} was not asserted in the effective set of the  calling

       EROFS	       The pathname specified for SC_ADD is a read-only file system.

       Additionally, the swapctl() function will fail for 32-bit interfaces if:

       EOVERFLOW    The  amount of swap space configured on the machine is too large to be repre-
		    sented by a 32-bit quantity.

       Example 1 The usage of the SC_GETNSWP and SC_LIST commands.

       The following example demonstrates the usage of the SC_GETNSWP and SC_LIST commands.

	 #include <sys/stat.h>
	 #include <sys/swap.h>
	 #include <stdio.h>

	 #define MAXSTRSIZE 80

	 main(argc, argv)
	     int	    argc;
	     char	    *argv[];
	     swaptbl_t	    *s;
	     int	    i, n, num;
	     char	    *strtab;	/* string table for path names */

	     if ((num = swapctl(SC_GETNSWP, 0)) == -1) {
		 perror("swapctl: GETNSWP");
	     if (num == 0) {
		 fprintf(stderr, "No Swap Devices Configured\n");
	     /* allocate swaptable for num+1 entries */
	     if ((s = (swaptbl_t *)
		 malloc(num * sizeof(swapent_t) +
		     sizeof(struct swaptable))) ==
		 (void *) 0) {
		 fprintf(stderr, "Malloc Failed\n");
	     /* allocate num+1 string holders */
	     if ((strtab = (char *)
		 malloc((num + 1) * MAXSTRSIZE)) == (void *) 0) {
		 fprintf(stderr, "Malloc Failed\n");
	     /* initialize string pointers */
	     for (i = 0; i < (num + 1); i++) {
		 s->swt_ent[i].ste_path = strtab + (i * MAXSTRSIZE);

	     s->swt_n = num + 1;
	     if ((n = swapctl(SC_LIST, s)) < 0) {
	     if (n > num) {	   /* more were added */
		 goto again;
	     for (i = 0; i < n; i++)
		 printf("%s %ld\n",
		     s->swt_ent[i].ste_path, s->swt_ent[i].ste_pages);


SunOS 5.11				   25 Sep 1997				       swapctl(2)

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