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KMEM_CACHE_ALLOC(9)					    Memory Management in Linux					       KMEM_CACHE_ALLOC(9)

kmem_cache_alloc - Allocate an object SYNOPSIS
void * kmem_cache_alloc(struct kmem_cache * cachep, gfp_t flags); ARGUMENTS
cachep The cache to allocate from. flags See kmalloc. DESCRIPTION
Allocate an object from this cache. The flags are only relevant if the cache has no available objects. COPYRIGHT
Kernel Hackers Manual 2.6. July 2010 KMEM_CACHE_ALLOC(9)

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VM_PAGE_ALLOC(9)					   BSD Kernel Developer's Manual					  VM_PAGE_ALLOC(9)

vm_page_alloc -- allocate a page for a vm_object SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/param.h> #include <vm/vm.h> #include <vm/vm_page.h> vm_page_t vm_page_alloc(vm_object_t object, vm_pindex_t pindex, int req); DESCRIPTION
The vm_page_alloc() function allocates a page at pindex within object. It is assumed that a page has not already been allocated at pindex. The page returned is inserted into the object, unless VM_ALLOC_NOOBJ is specified in the req. The page may exist in the vm object cache, in which case it will be reactivated instead, moving from the cache into the object page list. vm_page_alloc() will not sleep. Its arguments are: object The VM object to allocate the page for. The object must be locked if VM_ALLOC_NOOBJ is not specified. pindex The index into the object at which the page should be inserted. req The bitwise-inclusive OR of a class and any optional flags indicating how the page should be allocated. Exactly one of the following classes must be specified: VM_ALLOC_NORMAL The page should be allocated with no special treatment. VM_ALLOC_SYSTEM The page can be allocated if the cache is empty and the free page count is above the interrupt reserved water mark. This flag should be used only when the system really needs the page. VM_ALLOC_INTERRUPT vm_page_alloc() is being called during an interrupt. A page will be returned successfully if the free page count is greater than zero. The optional flags are: VM_ALLOC_ZERO Indicate a preference for a pre-zeroed page. There is no guarantee that the returned page will be zeroed, but it will have the PG_ZERO flag set if it is zeroed. VM_ALLOC_NOOBJ Do not associate the allocated page with a vm object. The object argument is ignored. VM_ALLOC_NOBUSY The returned page will not have the VPO_BUSY flag set. VM_ALLOC_WIRED The returned page will be wired. VM_ALLOC_IFCACHED Allocate the page only if it is cached. Otherwise, return NULL. VM_ALLOC_IFNOTCACHED Only allocate the page if it is not cached in the object. If the page at the specified pindex is cached, NULL is returned instead. RETURN VALUES
The vm_page_t that was allocated is returned if successful; otherwise, NULL is returned. NOTES
The pager process is always upgraded to VM_ALLOC_SYSTEM unless VM_ALLOC_INTERRUPT is set. AUTHORS
This manual page was written by Chad David <>. BSD
July 3, 2010 BSD
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