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USB_UNLINK_URB(9)						   USB Core APIs						 USB_UNLINK_URB(9)

usb_unlink_urb - abort/cancel a transfer request for an endpoint SYNOPSIS
int usb_unlink_urb(struct urb * urb); ARGUMENTS
urb pointer to urb describing a previously submitted request, may be NULL DESCRIPTION
This routine cancels an in-progress request. URBs complete only once per submission, and may be canceled only once per submission. Successful cancellation means termination of urb will be expedited and the completion handler will be called with a status code indicating that the request has been canceled (rather than any other code). Drivers should not call this routine or related routines, such as usb_kill_urb or usb_unlink_anchored_urbs, after their disconnect method has returned. The disconnect function should synchronize with a driver's I/O routines to insure that all URB-related activity has completed before it returns. This request is always asynchronous. Success is indicated by returning -EINPROGRESS, at which time the URB will probably not yet have been given back to the device driver. When it is eventually called, the completion function will see urb->status == -ECONNRESET. Failure is indicated by usb_unlink_urb returning any other value. Unlinking will fail when urb is not currently "linked" (i.e., it was never submitted, or it was unlinked before, or the hardware is already finished with it), even if the completion handler has not yet run. UNLINKING AND ENDPOINT QUEUES
[The behaviors and guarantees described below do not apply to virtual root hubs but only to endpoint queues for physical USB devices.] Host Controller Drivers (HCDs) place all the URBs for a particular endpoint in a queue. Normally the queue advances as the controller hardware processes each request. But when an URB terminates with an error its queue generally stops (see below), at least until that URB's completion routine returns. It is guaranteed that a stopped queue will not restart until all its unlinked URBs have been fully retired, with their completion routines run, even if that's not until some time after the original completion handler returns. The same behavior and guarantee apply when an URB terminates because it was unlinked. Bulk and interrupt endpoint queues are guaranteed to stop whenever an URB terminates with any sort of error, including -ECONNRESET, -ENOENT, and -EREMOTEIO. Control endpoint queues behave the same way except that they are not guaranteed to stop for -EREMOTEIO errors. Queues for isochronous endpoints are treated differently, because they must advance at fixed rates. Such queues do not stop when an URB encounters an error or is unlinked. An unlinked isochronous URB may leave a gap in the stream of packets; it is undefined whether such gaps can be filled in. Note that early termination of an URB because a short packet was received will generate a -EREMOTEIO error if and only if the URB_SHORT_NOT_OK flag is set. By setting this flag, USB device drivers can build deep queues for large or complex bulk transfers and clean them up reliably after any sort of aborted transfer by unlinking all pending URBs at the first fault. When a control URB terminates with an error other than -EREMOTEIO, it is quite likely that the status stage of the transfer will not take place. COPYRIGHT
Kernel Hackers Manual 2.6. July 2010 USB_UNLINK_URB(9)

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USB_SUBMIT_URB(9)						   USB Core APIs						 USB_SUBMIT_URB(9)

usb_submit_urb - issue an asynchronous transfer request for an endpoint SYNOPSIS
int usb_submit_urb(struct urb * urb, gfp_t mem_flags); ARGUMENTS
urb pointer to the urb describing the request mem_flags the type of memory to allocate, see kmalloc for a list of valid options for this. DESCRIPTION
This submits a transfer request, and transfers control of the URB describing that request to the USB subsystem. Request completion will be indicated later, asynchronously, by calling the completion handler. The three types of completion are success, error, and unlink (a software-induced fault, also called "request cancellation"). URBs may be submitted in interrupt context. The caller must have correctly initialized the URB before submitting it. Functions such as usb_fill_bulk_urb and usb_fill_control_urb are available to ensure that most fields are correctly initialized, for the particular kind of transfer, although they will not initialize any transfer flags. Successful submissions return 0; otherwise this routine returns a negative error number. If the submission is successful, the complete callback from the URB will be called exactly once, when the USB core and Host Controller Driver (HCD) are finished with the URB. When the completion function is called, control of the URB is returned to the device driver which issued the request. The completion handler may then immediately free or reuse that URB. With few exceptions, USB device drivers should never access URB fields provided by usbcore or the HCD until its complete is called. The exceptions relate to periodic transfer scheduling. For both interrupt and isochronous urbs, as part of successful URB submission urb->interval is modified to reflect the actual transfer period used (normally some power of two units). And for isochronous urbs, urb->start_frame is modified to reflect when the URB's transfers were scheduled to start. Not all isochronous transfer scheduling policies will work, but most host controller drivers should easily handle ISO queues going from now until 10-200 msec into the future. For control endpoints, the synchronous usb_control_msg call is often used (in non-interrupt context) instead of this call. That is often used through convenience wrappers, for the requests that are standardized in the USB 2.0 specification. For bulk endpoints, a synchronous usb_bulk_msg call is available. REQUEST QUEUING
URBs may be submitted to endpoints before previous ones complete, to minimize the impact of interrupt latencies and system overhead on data throughput. With that queuing policy, an endpoint's queue would never be empty. This is required for continuous isochronous data streams, and may also be required for some kinds of interrupt transfers. Such queuing also maximizes bandwidth utilization by letting USB controllers start work on later requests before driver software has finished the completion processing for earlier (successful) requests. As of Linux 2.6, all USB endpoint transfer queues support depths greater than one. This was previously a HCD-specific behavior, except for ISO transfers. Non-isochronous endpoint queues are inactive during cleanup after faults (transfer errors or cancellation). RESERVED BANDWIDTH TRANSFERS
Periodic transfers (interrupt or isochronous) are performed repeatedly, using the interval specified in the urb. Submitting the first urb to the endpoint reserves the bandwidth necessary to make those transfers. If the USB subsystem can't allocate sufficient bandwidth to perform the periodic request, submitting such a periodic request should fail. For devices under xHCI, the bandwidth is reserved at configuration time, or when the alt setting is selected. If there is not enough bus bandwidth, the configuration/alt setting request will fail. Therefore, submissions to periodic endpoints on devices under xHCI should never fail due to bandwidth constraints. Device drivers must explicitly request that repetition, by ensuring that some URB is always on the endpoint's queue (except possibly for short periods during completion callacks). When there is no longer an urb queued, the endpoint's bandwidth reservation is canceled. This means drivers can use their completion handlers to ensure they keep bandwidth they need, by reinitializing and resubmitting the just-completed urb until the driver longer needs that periodic bandwidth. MEMORY FLAGS
The general rules for how to decide which mem_flags to use are the same as for kmalloc. There are four different possible values; GFP_KERNEL, GFP_NOFS, GFP_NOIO and GFP_ATOMIC. GFP_NOFS is not ever used, as it has not been implemented yet. GFP_ATOMIC is used when (a) you are inside a completion handler, an interrupt, bottom half, tasklet or timer, or (b) you are holding a spinlock or rwlock (does not apply to semaphores), or (c) current->state != TASK_RUNNING, this is the case only after you've changed it. GFP_NOIO is used in the block io path and error handling of storage devices. All other situations use GFP_KERNEL. Some more specific rules for mem_flags can be inferred, such as (1) start_xmit, timeout, and receive methods of network drivers must use GFP_ATOMIC (they are called with a spinlock held); (2) queuecommand methods of scsi drivers must use GFP_ATOMIC (also called with a spinlock held); (3) If you use a kernel thread with a network driver you must use GFP_NOIO, unless (b) or (c) apply; (4) after you have done a down you can use GFP_KERNEL, unless (b) or (c) apply or your are in a storage driver's block io path; (5) USB probe and disconnect can use GFP_KERNEL unless (b) or (c) apply; and (6) changing firmware on a running storage or net device uses GFP_NOIO, unless b) or c) apply COPYRIGHT
Kernel Hackers Manual 2.6. July 2010 USB_SUBMIT_URB(9)
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