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NAME

       pci_dev_get  -  increments  the  reference  count  of  the  pci  device
       structure

SYNOPSIS

       struct pci_dev * pci_dev_get  (struct pci_dev * dev);

ARGUMENTS

       dev    the device being referenced

DESCRIPTION

       Each live reference to a device should be refcounted.

       Drivers for PCI devices should normally record such references in their
       probe  methods, when they bind to a device, and release them by calling
       pci_dev_put, in their disconnect methods.

       A pointer to the device  with  the  incremented  reference  counter  is
       returned.