MOD_INSTALL(9F) Kernel Functions for Drivers MOD_INSTALL(9F)

mod_install, mod_remove, mod_info, mod_modname - add, remove or query a loadable module

#include <sys/modctl.h>
int mod_install(struct modlinkage *modlinkage);

int mod_remove(struct modlinkage *modlinkage);

int mod_info(struct modlinkage *modlinkage,
     struct modinfo *modinfo);

const char *mod_modname(struct modlinkage *modlinkage);

illumos DDI specific (illumos DDI).

Pointer to the loadable module's modlinkage structure which describes what type(s) of module elements are included in this loadable module.


Pointer to the modinfo structure passed to _info(9E).

mod_install() must be called from a module's _init(9E) routine.

mod_remove() must be called from a module's _fini(9E) routine.

mod_info() must be called from a module's _info(9E) routine.

mod_modname() can be called from any module routine.

When _init(9E) is executing, its call to mod_install() enables other threads to call attach(9E) even prior to mod_install() returning and _init(9E) completion. From a programming standpoint this means that all _init(9E) initialization must occur prior to _init(9E) calling mod_install(). If mod_install() fails (non-zero return value), any initialization must be undone.

When _fini(9E) is executing, another thread may call attach(9E) prior to _fini(9E) calling mod_remove(). If this occurs, the mod_remove() fails (non-zero return). From a programming standpoint, this means that _init(9E) initializations should only be undone after a successful return from mod_remove().

To query the name of a module, use mod_modname(). If the module is a driver, the module name is the same as the driver name. This function can be used to avoid compiled-in knowledge of the module name, and is of particular use when _init(9E) needs to call a function like kstat_create(9F).

mod_install() and mod_remove() return 0 upon success and non-zero on failure.

mod_info() returns a non-zero value on success and 0 upon failure.

mod_modname() returns the name of the module. The returned name remains valid as long as the module remains loaded.

See _init(9E) for an example that uses these functions.

_fini(9E), _info(9E), _init(9E), kstat_create(9F), modldrv(9S), modlinkage(9S), modlstrmod(9S)

Writing Device Drivers

July 8, 2008 OmniOS