nbd_get_block_size - Man Page

return a specific server block size constraint

Synopsis

 #include <libnbd.h>

 int64_t nbd_get_block_size (struct nbd_handle *h,
                             int size_type);

Description

Returns a specific size constraint advertised by the server, if any.  If the return is zero, the server did not advertise a constraint.  size_type must be one of the following constraints:

LIBNBD_SIZE_MINIMUM = 0

If non-zero, this will be a power of 2 between 1 and 64k; any client request that is not aligned in length or offset to this size is likely to fail with EINVAL.  The image size will generally also be a multiple of this value (if not, the final few bytes are inaccessible while obeying alignment constraints).  If zero, it is safest to assume a minimum block size of 512, although many servers support a minimum block size of 1.  If the server provides a constraint, then libnbd defaults to honoring that constraint client-side unless LIBNBD_STRICT_ALIGN is cleared in nbd_set_strict_mode(3).

LIBNBD_SIZE_PREFERRED = 1

If non-zero, this is a power of 2 representing the preferred size for efficient I/O.  Smaller requests may incur overhead such as read-modify-write cycles that will not be present when using I/O that is a multiple of this value.  This value may be larger than the size of the export.  If zero, using 4k as a preferred block size tends to give decent performance.

LIBNBD_SIZE_MAXIMUM = 2

If non-zero, this represents the maximum length that the server is willing to handle during nbd_pread(3) or nbd_pwrite(3).  Other functions like nbd_zero(3) may still be able to use larger sizes. Note that this function returns what the server advertised, but libnbd itself imposes a maximum of 64M.  If zero, some NBD servers will abruptly disconnect if a transaction involves more than 32M.

Future NBD extensions may result in additional size_type values.

This call does not block, because it returns data that is saved in the handle from the NBD protocol handshake.

Return Value

This call returns a 64 bit signed integer ≥ 0.

Errors

On error -1 is returned.

Refer to “ERROR HANDLING” in libnbd(3) for how to get further details of the error.

Handle State

The handle must be negotiating, or connected with the server, or shut down, otherwise this call will return an error.

Version

This function first appeared in libnbd 1.4.

If you need to test if this function is available at compile time check if the following macro is defined:

 #define LIBNBD_HAVE_NBD_GET_BLOCK_SIZE 1

See Also

nbd_create(3), nbd_get_protocol(3), nbd_get_size(3), nbd_opt_info(3), nbd_pread(3), nbd_pwrite(3), nbd_zero(3), libnbd(3).

Authors

Eric Blake

Richard W.M. Jones

License

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA

Referenced By

libnbd(3), libnbd-release-notes-1.4(1), NBD(3), nbd_get_protocol(3), nbd_pread(3), nbd_pread_structured(3), nbd_pwrite(3), nbd_set_strict_mode(3).

2020-10-05 libnbd-1.5.4