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MSYNC

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Updated: 2014-04-20
Index Return to Main Contents
 

NAME

msync - synchronize a file with a memory map  

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/mman.h>

int msync(void *addr, size_t length, int flags);  

DESCRIPTION

msync() flushes changes made to the in-core copy of a file that was mapped into memory using mmap(2) back to the filesystem. Without use of this call there is no guarantee that changes are written back before munmap(2) is called. To be more precise, the part of the file that corresponds to the memory area starting at addr and having length length is updated.

The flags argument may have the bits MS_ASYNC, MS_SYNC, and MS_INVALIDATE set, but not both MS_ASYNC and MS_SYNC. MS_ASYNC specifies that an update be scheduled, but the call returns immediately. MS_SYNC asks for an update and waits for it to complete. MS_INVALIDATE asks to invalidate other mappings of the same file (so that they can be updated with the fresh values just written).  

RETURN VALUE

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.  

ERRORS

EBUSY
MS_INVALIDATE was specified in flags, and a memory lock exists for the specified address range.
EINVAL
addr is not a multiple of PAGESIZE; or any bit other than MS_ASYNC | MS_INVALIDATE | MS_SYNC is set in flags; or both MS_SYNC and MS_ASYNC are set in flags.
ENOMEM
The indicated memory (or part of it) was not mapped.
 

CONFORMING TO

POSIX.1-2001.

This call was introduced in Linux 1.3.21, and then used EFAULT instead of ENOMEM. In Linux 2.4.19, this was changed to the POSIX value ENOMEM.  

AVAILABILITY

On POSIX systems on which msync() is available, both _POSIX_MAPPED_FILES and _POSIX_SYNCHRONIZED_IO are defined in <unistd.h> to a value greater than 0. (See also sysconf(3).)  

NOTES

According to POSIX, either MS_SYNC or MS_ASYNC must be specified in flags, and indeed failure to include one of these flags will cause msync() to fail on some systems. However, Linux permits a call to msync() that specifies neither of these flags, with semantics that are (currently) equivalent to specifying MS_ASYNC. (Since Linux 2.6.19, MS_ASYNC is in fact a no-op, since the kernel properly tracks dirty pages and flushes them to storage as necessary.) Notwithstanding the Linux behavior, portable, future-proof applications should ensure that they specify either MS_SYNC or MS_ASYNC in flags.  

SEE ALSO

mmap(2)

B.O. Gallmeister, POSIX.4, O'Reilly, pp. 128-129 and 389-391.  

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.81 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.


 

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SYNOPSIS
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ERRORS
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