VRELE(9) FreeBSD Kernel Developer's Manual VRELE(9)


vput, vrele, vunrefdecrement the use count for a vnode


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

vput( struct vnode *vp);

vrele( struct vnode *vp);

vunref( struct vnode *vp);


Decrement the v_usecount field of a vnode.
the vnode to decrement

The vrele() function takes an unlocked vnode and returns with the vnode unlocked.

The vput() function should be given a locked vnode as argument, the vnode is unlocked after the function returned. The vput() is operationally equivalent to calling VOP_UNLOCK(9) followed by vrele(9), with less overhead.

The vunref() function takes a locked vnode as argument, and returns with the vnode locked.

Any code in the system which signified its use of a vnode by usecount should call one of the listed function to decrement use counter. If the v_usecount field of the non-doomed vnode reaches zero, then it will be inactivated and placed on the free list. Since the functions might need to call VOPs for the vnode, the Giant mutex should be conditionally locked around the call.

The hold count for the vnode is always greater or equal to the usecount. Non-forced unmount fails when mount point owns a vnode that has non-zero usecount, see vflush(9).


This manual page was written by Doug Rabson and Konstantin Belousov.
November 20, 2010 FreeBSD