how to use the function copyout()

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Mon Jul 25 14:27:53 GMT 2005

On 2005-07-25 18:14, Felix-KM <Felix-KM at> wrote:
> >I have no idea if it is possible for ioctls to have mapped more than
> >a few 100 bytes for data exchange.  You should use read and uiomove()
> >instead.
> So if I get it right, it's impossible in FreeBSD to gain access to
> 64KB of user's program memory with ioctl?
> My situation is this - I have a device driver for Linux. My task is
> port it as it is (1:1) into FreeBSD.
> In the Linux driver Ioctl is realized with the macroses _put_user
> _get_user all over it. As I understand in FreeBSD their analogues are
> functions described in store(9), copy(9) and fetch(9).
> So the problem is that in my user program an array short unsigned int
> Data[32768] is defined. I need to gain access to the array(to each
> element of it) from device driver with Ioctl handler.
> Is it possible to do? If yes, then how it can be done?

A better alternative that doesn't involve copying huge amounts of data
from userlevel to kernel space and vice versa is probably to pass just
the address of the area with an ioctl() and then map the appropriate
pages from the address space of the user process to an area where the
kernel can access the data directly?

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