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NAME

       splice - splice data to/from a pipe

SYNOPSIS

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <fcntl.h>

       ssize_t splice(int fd_in, loff_t *off_in, int fd_out,
                      loff_t *off_out, size_t len, unsigned int flags);

DESCRIPTION

       splice()  moves  data  between  two  file  descriptors  without copying
       between kernel address space and user address space.  It  transfers  up
       to  len  bytes  of  data  from  the  file  descriptor fd_in to the file
       descriptor fd_out, where one of the descriptors must refer to a pipe.

       If fd_in refers to a pipe, then off_in must be NULL.  If fd_in does not
       refer  to  a  pipe  and  off_in is NULL, then bytes are read from fd_in
       starting from the current file offset, and the current file  offset  is
       adjusted  appropriately.   If fd_in does not refer to a pipe and off_in
       is not NULL, then off_in must point to a  buffer  which  specifies  the
       starting offset from which bytes will be read from fd_in; in this case,
       the current file offset of fd_in is not changed.  Analogous  statements
       apply for fd_out and off_out.

       The  flags  argument  is  a bit mask that is composed by ORing together
       zero or more of the following values:

       SPLICE_F_MOVE      Attempt to move pages instead of copying.   This  is
                          only a hint to the kernel: pages may still be copied
                          if the kernel cannot move the pages from  the  pipe,
                          or  if  the  pipe buffers don’t refer to full pages.
                          The initial implementation of this flag  was  buggy:
                          therefore  starting  in  Linux  2.6.21 it is a no-op
                          (but is still permitted in a splice() call); in  the
                          future, a correct implementation may be restored.

       SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK  Do  not  block  on  I/O.  This makes the splice pipe
                          operations   non-blocking,    but    splice()    may
                          nevertheless block because the file descriptors that
                          are spliced to/from may block (unless they have  the
                          O_NONBLOCK flag set).

       SPLICE_F_MORE      More  data  will  be  coming in a subsequent splice.
                          This is a helpful hint when the fd_out refers  to  a
                          socket  (see  also  the  description  of MSG_MORE in
                          send(2), and the description of TCP_CORK in tcp(7))

       SPLICE_F_GIFT      Unused for splice(); see vmsplice(2).

RETURN VALUE

       Upon successful  completion,  splice()  returns  the  number  of  bytes
       spliced  to or from the pipe.  A return value of 0 means that there was
       no data to transfer, and it would not  make  sense  to  block,  because
       there are no writers connected to the write end of the pipe referred to
       by fd_in.

       On error, splice() returns -1 and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

       EBADF  One or both file descriptors are  not  valid,  or  do  not  have
              proper read-write mode.

       EINVAL Target  file  system  doesn’t  support  splicing; target file is
              opened in append mode; neither of the descriptors  refers  to  a
              pipe; or offset given for non-seekable device.

       ENOMEM Out of memory.

       ESPIPE Either  off_in  or  off_out  was not NULL, but the corresponding
              file descriptor refers to a pipe.

VERSIONS

       The splice() system call first appeared in Linux 2.6.17.

CONFORMING TO

       This system call is Linux-specific.

NOTES

       The three system  calls  splice(),  vmsplice(2),  and  tee(2),  provide
       userspace  programs  with full control over an arbitrary kernel buffer,
       implemented within the kernel using the same type  of  buffer  that  is
       used for a pipe.  In overview, these system calls perform the following
       tasks:

       splice()    moves data from the buffer to an arbitrary file descriptor,
                   or vice versa, or from one buffer to another.

       tee(2)      "copies" the data from one buffer to another.

       vmsplice(2) "copies" data from user space into the buffer.

       Though  we  talk  of copying, actual copies are generally avoided.  The
       kernel does this by implementing a pipe buffer as a set  of  reference-
       counted  pointers  to  pages  of  kernel  memory.   The  kernel creates
       "copies" of pages in a buffer by creating new pointers (for the  output
       buffer) referring to the pages, and increasing the reference counts for
       the pages: only pointers are copied, not the pages of the buffer.

EXAMPLE

       See tee(2).

SEE ALSO

       sendfile(2), tee(2), vmsplice(2), feature_test_macros(7)

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