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NAME

     device_get_softc — access driver private instance variables

SYNOPSIS

     #include <sys/param.h>
     #include <sys/bus.h>

     void *
     device_get_softc(device_t dev);

DESCRIPTION

     Return the driver-specific state of dev.  The softc is automatically allocated and zeroed
     when the device is attached.  The softc is also initialized and present when a device is
     probed, but is subject to caveats as described in DEVICE_PROBE(9).  The size of the
     allocation is determined by the device's driver_t information used to define the driver.
     The softc typically encapsulates the state of this instance of the device.

     Driver writers are discouraged from using their own softc management mechanisms.  Driver
     writers should not copy such mechanisms found in drivers in the tree that predate this
     function.

RETURN VALUES

     The pointer to the driver-specific instance variable is returned.

SEE ALSO

     device(9), DEVICE_PROBE(9), device_set_softc(9), driver(9)

AUTHORS

     This manual page was written by Doug Rabson.