The Linux Kernel/get blk

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#include <linux/buffer_head.h>

struct buffer_head * __getblk(struct block_device * bdev, sector_t block, unsigned size);
  • bdev: the block device for which to get the buffer head.
  • block: the block number of the block to get the buffer head for.
  • size: the size of the block (cluster?) in bytes.


This function returns a valid buffer head for the given (device|block|size) tuple.


This function always returns a valid buffer head for the given (device|block|size) tuple. If the buffer head for that block already existed, it's just returned. If not, it will be created. Passing an illegal block number causes a valid block head for this invalid block to be created. Subsequent actions on that buffer head will then produce appropriate errors.

The buffer heads reference count will have been incremented after this call. Also, it will be added to the least recently used list of the current cpu and hence having its usage count incremented twice not once. However, the second increment is only done to make sure, that the buffer heads in the lru list don't get grabbed. The other lru functions make sure, that the one increment will be undone at an appropriate time. The other increment must be undone by the caller by a call to __brelse(bh).


The buffer head for the given (device|block|size) tuple.


If __getblk() will lock up the machine if grow_dev_page's try_to_free_buffers() attempt is failing.