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     namei, NDINIT, NDFREE, NDHASGIANT — pathname translation and lookup operations


     #include <sys/param.h>
     #include <sys/fcntl.h>
     #include <sys/namei.h>

     namei(struct nameidata *ndp);

     NDINIT(struct nameidata *ndp, u_long op, u_long flags, enum uio_seg segflg,
         const char *namep, struct thread *td);

     NDFREE(struct nameidata *ndp, const uint flags);

     NDHASGIANT(struct nameidata *ndp);


     The namei facility allows the client to perform pathname translation and lookup operations.
     The namei functions will increment the reference count for the vnode in question.  The
     reference count has to be decremented after use of the vnode, by using either vrele(9) or
     vput(9), depending on whether the LOCKLEAF flag was specified or not.  If the Giant lock is
     required, namei will acquire it if the caller indicates it is MPSAFE, in which case the
     caller must later release Giant based on the results of NDHASGIANT().

     The NDINIT() function is used to initialize namei components.  It takes the following

     ndp     The struct nameidata to initialize.

     op      The operation which namei() will perform.  The following operations are valid:
             LOOKUP, CREATE, DELETE, and RENAME.  The latter three are just setup for those
             effects; just calling namei() will not result in VOP_RENAME() being called.

     flags   Operation flags.  Several of these can be effective at the same time.

     segflg  UIO segment indicator.  This indicates if the name of the object is in userspace
             (UIO_USERSPACE) or in the kernel address space (UIO_SYSSPACE).

     namep   Pointer to the component's pathname buffer (the file or directory name that will be
             looked up).

     td      The thread context to use for namei operations and locks.


     The namei() function takes the following set of “operation flags” that influence its

     LOCKLEAF    Lock vnode on return.  This is a full lock of the vnode; the VOP_UNLOCK(9)
                 should be used to release the lock (or vput(9) which is equivalent to calling
                 VOP_UNLOCK(9) followed by vrele(9), all in one).

     LOCKPARENT  This flag lets the namei() function return the parent (directory) vnode, ni_dvp
                 in locked state, unless it is identical to ni_vp, in which case ni_dvp is not
                 locked per se (but may be locked due to LOCKLEAF).  If a lock is enforced, it
                 should be released using vput(9) or VOP_UNLOCK(9) and vrele(9).

     WANTPARENT  This flag allows the namei() function to return the parent (directory) vnode in
                 an unlocked state.  The parent vnode must be released separately by using

     NOCACHE     Avoid namei() creating this entry in the namecache if it is not already present.
                 Normally, namei() will add entries to the name cache if they are not already

     FOLLOW      With this flag, namei() will follow the symbolic link if the last part of the
                 path supplied is a symbolic link (i.e., it will return a vnode for whatever the
                 link points at, instead for the link itself).

     NOFOLLOW    Do not follow symbolic links (pseudo).  This flag is not looked for by the
                 actual code, which looks for FOLLOW.  NOFOLLOW is used to indicate to the source
                 code reader that symlinks are intentionally not followed.

     SAVENAME    Do not free the pathname buffer at the end of the namei() invocation; instead,
                 free it later in NDFREE() so that the caller may access the pathname buffer.
                 See below for details.

     SAVESTART   Retain an additional reference to the parent directory; do not free the pathname
                 buffer.  See below for details.


     The nameidata structure is composed of the following fields:

     ni_startdir      In the normal case, this is either the current directory or the root.  It
                      is the current directory if the name passed in does not start with ‘/’ and
                      we have not gone through any symlinks with an absolute path, and the root

                      In this case, it is only used by lookup(), and should not be considered
                      valid after a call to namei().  If SAVESTART is set, this is set to the
                      same as ni_dvp, with an extra vref(9).  To block NDFREE() from releasing
                      ni_startdir, the NDF_NO_STARTDIR_RELE can be set.

     ni_dvp           Vnode pointer to directory of the object on which lookup is performed.
                      This is available on successful return if LOCKPARENT or WANTPARENT is set.
                      It is locked if LOCKPARENT is set.  Freeing this in NDFREE() can be
                      inhibited by NDF_NO_DVP_RELE, NDF_NO_DVP_PUT, or NDF_NO_DVP_UNLOCK (with
                      the obvious effects).

     ni_vp            Vnode pointer to the resulting object, NULL otherwise.  The v_usecount
                      field of this vnode is incremented.  If LOCKLEAF is set, it is also locked.

                      Freeing this in NDFREE() can be inhibited by NDF_NO_VP_RELE, NDF_NO_VP_PUT,
                      or NDF_NO_VP_UNLOCK (with the obvious effects).

     ni_cnd.cn_pnbuf  The pathname buffer contains the location of the file or directory that
                      will be used by the namei operations.  It is managed by the uma(9) zone
                      allocation interface.  If the SAVESTART or SAVENAME flag is set, then the
                      pathname buffer is available after calling the namei() function.

                      To only deallocate resources used by the pathname buffer, ni_cnd.cn_pnbuf,
                      then NDF_ONLY_PNBUF flag can be passed to the NDFREE() function.  To keep
                      the pathname buffer intact, the NDF_NO_FREE_PNBUF flag can be passed to the
                      NDFREE() function.


     If successful, namei() will return 0, otherwise it will return an error.




     Errors which namei() may return:

     [ENOTDIR]          A component of the specified pathname is not a directory when a directory
                        is expected.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]     A component of a pathname exceeded 255 characters, or an entire pathname
                        exceeded 1023 characters.

     [ENOENT]           A component of the specified pathname does not exist, or the pathname is
                        an empty string.

     [EACCES]           An attempt is made to access a file in a way forbidden by its file access

     [ELOOP]            Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.

     [EISDIR]           An attempt is made to open a directory with write mode specified.

     [EINVAL]           The last component of the pathname specified for a DELETE or RENAME
                        operation is ‘.’.

     [EROFS]            An attempt is made to modify a file or directory on a read-only file


     uio(9), uma(9), VFS(9), vnode(9), vput(9), vref(9)


     This manual page was written by Eivind Eklund <> and later significantly
     revised by Hiten M. Pandya <>.


     The LOCKPARENT flag does not always result in the parent vnode being locked.  This results
     in complications when the LOCKPARENT is used.  In order to solve this for the cases where
     both LOCKPARENT and LOCKLEAF are used, it is necessary to resort to recursive locking.

     Non-MPSAFE file systems exist, requiring callers to conditionally unlock Giant.