cacheflush man page

cacheflush — flush contents of instruction and/or data cache

Synopsis

#include <asm/cachectl.h>

int cacheflush(char *addr, int nbytes, int cache);

Description

cacheflush() flushes the contents of the indicated cache(s) for the user addresses in the range addr to (addr+nbytes-1). cache may be one of:

ICACHE
Flush the instruction cache.
DCACHE
Write back to memory and invalidate the affected valid cache lines.
BCACHE
Same as (ICACHE|DCACHE).

Return Value

cacheflush() returns 0 on success or -1 on error. If errors are detected, errno will indicate the error.

Errors

EFAULT
Some or all of the address range addr to (addr+nbytes-1) is not accessible.
EINVAL
cache is not one of ICACHE, DCACHE, or BCACHE (but see Bugs).

Conforming to

Historically, this system call was available on all MIPS UNIX variants including RISC/os, IRIX, Ultrix, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD (and also on some non-UNIX MIPS operating systems), so that the existence of this call in MIPS operating systems is a de-facto standard.

Caveat

cacheflush() should not be used in programs intended to be portable. On Linux, this call first appeared on the MIPS architecture, but nowadays, Linux provides a cacheflush() system call on some other architectures, but with different arguments.

Bugs

Linux kernels older than version 2.6.11 ignore the addr and nbytes arguments, making this function fairly expensive. Therefore, the whole cache is always flushed.

This function always behaves as if BCACHE has been passed for the cache argument and does not do any error checking on the cache argument.

Colophon

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Referenced By

syscalls(2).

2015-02-21 Linux Linux Programmer's Manual