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refcnt_init, refcnt_take, refcnt_rele, refcnt_rele_wake, refcnt_finalize, REFCNT_INITIALIZERreference count API

#include <sys/refcnt.h>

refcnt_init(struct refcnt *r);

refcnt_take(struct refcnt *r);

refcnt_rele(struct refcnt *r);

refcnt_rele_wake(struct refcnt *r);

refcnt_finalize(struct refcnt *r, const char *wmesg);


The refcnt API provides simple reference counters that can be used to manage the lifetime of a shared object.

refcnt_init() sets the initial value of the counter to 1 to account for the caller's reference to the object.

refcnt_take() is used to acquire a new reference. It is the responsibility of the caller to guarantee that it holds a valid reference before taking a new reference.

refcnt_rele() is used to release an existing reference.

refcnt_rele_wake() is used to release an existing reference and wakes up a process that is currently waiting in refcnt_finalize() for all the references to released.

refcnt_finalize() releases the caller's reference and sleeps until all the other references to the relevant object have been released. There may only be one caller to refcnt_finalize() per refcnt r.

REFCNT_INITIALIZER() initialises a declaration of a refcnt to 1.

refcnt_init(), refcnt_take(), refcnt_rele(), and refcnt_rele_wake() can be called during autoconf, from process context, or from interrupt context.

refcnt_finalize() can be called from process context.

refcnt_rele() returns a non-zero value if the last reference has been released, otherwise 0.

September 11, 2015 OpenBSD-current