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NAME

       vmsplice - splice user pages into a pipe

SYNOPSIS

       #define _GNU_SOURCE         /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #include <fcntl.h>
       #include <sys/uio.h>

       ssize_t vmsplice(int fd, const struct iovec *iov,
                        unsigned long nr_segs, unsigned int flags);

DESCRIPTION

       The  vmsplice()  system  call  maps  nr_segs ranges of user memory described by iov into a
       pipe.  The file descriptor fd must refer to a pipe.

       The pointer iov points to an array of iovec structures as defined in <sys/uio.h>:

           struct iovec {
               void  *iov_base;            /* Starting address */
               size_t iov_len;             /* Number of bytes */
           };

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

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

       SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK  Do not block on I/O; see splice(2) for further details.

       SPLICE_F_MORE      Currently  has  no effect for vmsplice(), but may be implemented in the
                          future; see splice(2).

       SPLICE_F_GIFT      The user pages are a gift to  the  kernel.   The  application  may  not
                          modify  this  memory  ever,  or page cache and on-disk data may differ.
                          Gifting  pages  to  the  kernel  means  that  a  subsequent   splice(2)
                          SPLICE_F_MOVE  can  successfully  move  the  pages; if this flag is not
                          specified, then a subsequent  splice(2)  SPLICE_F_MOVE  must  copy  the
                          pages.   Data  must  also  be properly page aligned, both in memory and
                          length.

RETURN VALUE

       Upon successful completion, vmsplice() returns the number  of  bytes  transferred  to  the
       pipe.  On error, vmsplice() returns -1 and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

       EBADF  fd either not valid, or doesn't refer to a pipe.

       EINVAL nr_segs is 0 or greater than IOV_MAX; or memory not aligned if SPLICE_F_GIFT set.

       ENOMEM Out of memory.

VERSIONS

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

CONFORMING TO

       This system call is Linux-specific.

NOTES

       vmsplice()  follows  the  other  vectorized  read/write  type  functions  when it comes to
       limitations on number of segments being passed in.  This limit is IOV_MAX  as  defined  in
       <limits.h>.  At the time of this writing, that limit is 1024.

SEE ALSO

       splice(2), tee(2)

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