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G_WITHER_GEOM(9)	 BSD Kernel Developer's Manual	      G_WITHER_GEOM(9)

NAME
     g_wither_geom — destroy geom and related providers and consumers when you
     get a chance

SYNOPSIS
     #include <geom/geom.h>

     void
     g_wither_geom(struct g_geom *gp, int error);

DESCRIPTION
     The g_wither_geom() function tells GEOM that geom gp is to be destroyed.
     GEOM sets an error on each provider of the given geom (in the orphaning
     process) and waits for a chance to destroy the geom.  If the access count
     of any possessed consumer goes to 0, the consumer will be detached and
     destroyed automatically.  If the last consumer attached to any possessed
     provider will be detached, the provider will be destroyed.	 If there are
     no more providers nor consumers, the geom will be destroyed.

     This is an automatic “garbage collect” to avoid duplicated code in all
     classes.  Before it is called, field softc should be disposed off and set
     to NULL.  Note that the g_wither_geom() function gives no guarantee that
     the geom will be immediately destroyed, mostly because the access counts
     of the geom's consumers and providers may not be 0.  That is why calling
     this function for every geom from a given class is not enough to be sure
     that the class can be unloaded.

RESTRICTIONS/CONDITIONS
     The argument error must be nonzero.

     The topology lock has to be held.

SEE ALSO
     geom(4), DECLARE_GEOM_CLASS(9), g_access(9), g_attach(9), g_bio(9),
     g_consumer(9), g_data(9), g_event(9), g_geom(9), g_provider(9),
     g_provider_by_name(9)

AUTHORS
     This manual page was written by Pawel Jakub Dawidek ⟨pjd@FreeBSD.org⟩.

BSD			       January 16, 2004				   BSD
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