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send write zeroes command to the NBD server


 #include <libnbd.h>

 int nbd_zero (struct nbd_handle *h, uint64_t count,
               uint64_t offset, uint32_t flags);


Issue a write zeroes command to the NBD server, which if supported by the server causes a zeroes to be written efficiently starting at offset and ending at offset + count - 1. The call returns when the command has been acknowledged by the server, or there is an error.  Note this will generally return an error if nbd_can_zero(3) is false or nbd_is_read_only(3) is true.

The flags parameter may be 0 for no flags, or may contain LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_FUA meaning that the server should not return until the data has been committed to permanent storage (if that is supported - some servers cannot do this, see nbd_can_fua(3)), LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_NO_HOLE meaning that the server should favor writing actual allocated zeroes over punching a hole, and/or LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_FAST_ZERO meaning that the server must fail quickly if writing zeroes is no faster than a normal write (if that is supported - some servers cannot do this, see nbd_can_fast_zero(3)).

By default, libnbd will reject attempts to use this function with parameters that are likely to result in server failure, such as requesting an unknown command flag.  The nbd_set_strict_mode(3) function can be used to alter which scenarios should await a server reply rather than failing fast.

Return Value

If the call is successful the function returns 0.


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 connected with the server, otherwise this call will return an error.


This function first appeared in libnbd 1.0.

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


See Also

nbd_aio_zero(3), nbd_can_fast_zero(3), nbd_can_fua(3), nbd_can_zero(3), nbd_create(3), nbd_is_read_only(3), nbd_set_strict_mode(3), libnbd(3).


Eric Blake

Richard W.M. Jones


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Referenced By

libnbd(3), NBD(3), nbd_aio_zero(3), nbd_can_fast_zero(3), nbd_can_fua(3), nbd_can_zero(3), nbd_get_block_size(3).

2021-04-29 libnbd-1.7.9