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NAME

       pmemobj_open(),  pmemobj_create(),  pmemobj_close(), pmemobj_check() - create, open, close
       and validate persistent memory transactional object store

SYNOPSIS

              #include <libpmemobj.h>

              PMEMobjpool *pmemobj_open(const char *path, const char *layout);
              PMEMobjpool *pmemobj_create(const char *path, const char *layout,
                  size_t poolsize, mode_t mode);
              void pmemobj_close(PMEMobjpool *pop);
              int pmemobj_check(const char *path, const char *layout);

DESCRIPTION

       To use the pmem-resident transactional object store provided by  libpmemobj(7),  a  memory
       pool  must  first be created with the pmemobj_create() function described below.  Existing
       pools may be opened with the pmemobj_open() function.

       None of the three functions described below are thread-safe  with  respect  to  any  other
       libpmemobj(7)  function.   In  other  words,  when  creating,  opening or deleting a pool,
       nothing else in the library can happen in parallel, and therefore these  functions  should
       be called from the main thread.

       Once  created,  the  memory pool is represented by an opaque handle, of type PMEMobjpool*,
       which is passed to most of the other libpmemobj(7) functions.   Internally,  libpmemobj(7)
       will  use  either pmem_persist(3) or msync(2) when it needs to flush changes, depending on
       whether the memory pool appears to be  persistent  memory  or  a  regular  file  (see  the
       pmem_is_pmem(3)  function  in  libpmem(7)  for  more  information).   There is no need for
       applications to flush changes directly when  using  the  object  memory  API  provided  by
       libpmemobj(7).

       The  pmemobj_create()  function  creates a transactional object store with the given total
       poolsize.  path specifies the name  of  the  memory  pool  file  to  be  created.   layout
       specifies  the  application's layout type in the form of a string.  The layout name is not
       interpreted by libpmemobj(7), but may be used as a check when  pmemobj_open()  is  called.
       The  layout  name,  including  the  terminating  null  byte  (`\0'), cannot be longer than
       PMEMOBJ_MAX_LAYOUT as defined in <libpmemobj.h>.  A NULL layout is equivalent to using  an
       empty  string  as  a layout name.  mode specifies the permissions to use when creating the
       file, as described by creat(2).  The memory pool file  is  fully  allocated  to  the  size
       poolsize  using  posix_fallocate(3).   The  caller  may  choose to take responsibility for
       creating the memory pool file by creating it before  calling  pmemobj_create(),  and  then
       specifying  poolsize  as zero.  In this case pmemobj_create() will take the pool size from
       the size of the existing file and will verify  that  the  file  appears  to  be  empty  by
       searching  for  any  non-zero  data  in the pool header at the beginning of the file.  The
       minimum net pool size allowed by the library for a local  transactional  object  store  is
       defined  in <libpmemobj.h> as PMEMOBJ_MIN_POOL.  For remote replicas the minimum file size
       is defined in <librpmem.h> as RPMEM_MIN_PART.

       Depending on the configuration of the system, the available non-volatile memory space  may
       be  divided  into  multiple memory devices.  In such case, the maximum size of the pmemobj
       memory pool could be limited by the capacity of a  single  memory  device.   libpmemobj(7)
       allows  building  persistent memory resident object store spanning multiple memory devices
       by creation of persistent memory pools consisting of multiple files, where  each  part  of
       such a pool set may be stored on a different memory device or pmem-aware filesystem.

       Creation  of all the parts of the pool set can be done with pmemobj_create(); however, the
       recommended method for creating pool sets is with the pmempool(1) utility.

       When creating a pool set consisting  of  multiple  files,  the  path  argument  passed  to
       pmemobj_create()  must  point to the special set file that defines the pool layout and the
       location of all the parts of the pool set.  The poolsize argument must be 0.  The  meaning
       of  the  layout  and mode arguments does not change, except that the same mode is used for
       creation of all the parts of the pool set.

       The set file is a plain text file, the structure of which is described in poolset(5).

       The pmemobj_open() function opens an  existing  object  store  memory  pool.   Similar  to
       pmemobj_create(),  path  must identify either an existing obj memory pool file, or the set
       file used to create a pool set.  If layout is non-NULL, it is compared to the layout  name
       provided  to pmemobj_create() when the pool was first created.  This can be used to verify
       that the layout of the  pool  matches  what  was  expected.   The  application  must  have
       permission to open the file and memory map it with read/write permissions.

       Be aware that if the pool contains bad blocks inside, opening can be aborted by the SIGBUS
       signal, because currently the pool is not checked against bad blocks during  opening.   It
       can  be  turned  on  by  setting  the  CHECK_BAD_BLOCKS  compat  feature.  For details see
       description of this feature in pmempool-feature(1).

       The pmemobj_close() function closes the memory pool  indicated  by  pop  and  deletes  the
       memory pool handle.  The object store itself lives on in the file that contains it and may
       be re-opened at a later time using pmemobj_open() as described above.

       The pmemobj_check() function performs a consistency check of the file indicated  by  path.
       pmemobj_check()  opens the given path read-only so it never makes any changes to the file.
       This function is not supported on Device DAX.

RETURN VALUE

       The pmemobj_create() function returns a memory pool handle to be used  with  most  of  the
       functions in libpmemobj(7).  On error it returns NULL and sets errno appropriately.

       The  pmemobj_open()  function  returns  a  memory  pool handle to be used with most of the
       functions in libpmemobj(7).  If an error prevents the pool from being opened,  or  if  the
       given  layout does not match the pool's layout, pmemobj_open() returns NULL and sets errno
       appropriately.

       The pmemobj_close() function returns no value.

       The pmemobj_check() function returns 1 if the memory pool is found to be consistent.   Any
       inconsistencies found will cause pmemobj_check() to return 0, in which case the use of the
       file with  libpmemobj(7)  will  result  in  undefined  behavior.   The  debug  version  of
       libpmemobj(7) will provide additional details on inconsistencies when PMEMOBJ_LOG_LEVEL is
       at least 1, as described in the DEBUGGING AND ERROR  HANDLING  section  in  libpmemobj(7).
       pmemobj_check()  returns  -1 and sets errno if it cannot perform the consistency check due
       to other errors.

CAVEATS

       Not all file systems  support  posix_fallocate(3).   pmemobj_create()  will  fail  if  the
       underlying file system does not support posix_fallocate(3).

SEE ALSO

       creat(2),  msync(2),  pmem_is_pmem(3),  pmem_persist(3),  posix_fallocate(3),  libpmem(7),
       libpmemobj(7) and <http://pmem.io>