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taskq_create, taskq_destroy, task_set, task_add, task_del, TASK_INITIALIZERtask queues


#include <sys/task.h>
struct taskq *
taskq_create(const char *name, unsigned int nthreads, int ipl, unsigned int flags);
taskq_destroy(struct taskq *tq);
task_set(struct task *t, void (*fn)(void *), void *arg);
task_add(struct taskq *tq, struct task *t);
task_del(struct taskq *tq, struct task *t);
extern struct taskq *const systq;
extern struct taskq *const systqmp;
TASK_INITIALIZER(void (*fn)(void *), void *arg);


The taskq API provides a mechanism to defer work to a process context.
taskq_create() allocates a taskq and a set of threads to be used to complete work that would be inappropriate for the shared system taskq. The name argument specifies the name of the kernel threads that are created to service the work on the taskq. nthreads specifies the number of threads that will be created to handle the work. ipl specifies the highest interrupt protection level at which task_add() and task_del() will be called against the created taskq. See spl(9) for a list of the IPLs. The operational characteristics of the taskq can be altered by OR'ing the following defines into the flags argument:
The threads servicing the taskq will be run without the kernel big lock.
The tasks run via the taskq cannot sleep.
taskq_destroy() causes the resources associated with a previously created taskq to be freed. It will wait till all the tasks in the work queue are completed before returning. Calling taskq_destroy() against the system taskq is an error and will lead to undefined behaviour or a system fault.
It is the responsibility of the caller to provide the task_set(), task_add(), and task_del() functions with pre-allocated task structures.
task_set() prepares the task structure t to be used in future calls to task_add() and task_del(). t will be prepared to call the function fn with the argument specified by arg. Once initialised, the t structure can be used repeatedly in calls to task_add() and task_del() and does not need to be reinitialised unless the function called and/or its argument must change.
task_add() schedules the execution of the work specified by the task structure t on the tq taskq. The task structure must already be initialised by task_set().
task_del() will remove the task structure t from the taskq tq. If the work was already executed or has not been added to the taskq, the call will have no effect. Calling task_del() against a different taskq than the one given in a previous call to task_add() is an error and will lead to undefined behaviour.
The kernel provides two system taskqs: systq, which executes while holding the kernel lock, and systqmp, which does not hold the kernel lock during execution. They can both be used by any subsystem for short lived tasks. They are serviced by a single thread and can therefore provide predictable ordering of work. Work can be scheduled on the system taskqs from callers at or below IPL_HIGH.
A task declaration can be initialised with the TASK_INITIALIZER() macro. The task will be prepared to call the function specified by the fn argument with the void * argument given in arg.


taskq_create() and taskq_destroy() can be called during autoconf, or from process context. task_set(), task_add(), and task_del() can be called during autoconf, from process context, or from interrupt context.


taskq_create() returns a pointer to a taskq structure on success or NULL on failure.
task_add() will return 1 if the task t was added to the taskq tq or 0 if the task was already queued.
task_del() will return 1 if the task t was removed from the taskq tq or 0 if the task was not already on the queue.


autoconf(9), spl(9)


The task API was originally written by David Gwynne <dlg@openbsd.org>. The task API first appeared in OpenBSD 5.5.
September 14, 2015 OpenBSD-current