VIDIOC_REQBUFS — Initiate Memory Mapping or User Pointer I/O
|struct v4l2_requestbuffers *argp|
File descriptor returned by
This ioctl is used to initiate memory mapped, user pointer or DMABUF based I/O. Memory mapped buffers are located in device memory and must be allocated with this ioctl before they can be mapped into the application's address space. User buffers are allocated by applications themselves, and this ioctl is merely used to switch the driver into user pointer I/O mode and to setup some internal structures. Similarly, DMABUF buffers are allocated by applications through a device driver, and this ioctl only configures the driver into DMABUF I/O mode without performing any direct allocation.
To allocate device buffers applications initialize all fields of the
v4l2_requestbuffers structure. They set the
type field to the respective stream or buffer type,
count field to the desired number of buffers,
memory must be set to the requested I/O method and
reserved array must be zeroed. When the ioctl is
called with a pointer to this structure the driver will attempt to allocate the
requested number of buffers and it stores the actual number allocated in the
count field. It can be smaller than the number
requested, even zero, when the driver runs out of free memory. A larger number
is also possible when the driver requires more buffers to function correctly.
For example video output requires at least two buffers, one displayed and one
filled by the application.
When the I/O method is not supported the ioctl returns an EINVAL error code.
Applications can call
again to change the number of buffers, however this cannot succeed
when any buffers are still mapped. A
value of zero frees all buffers, after aborting or finishing any DMA
in progress, an implicit
Table A.100. struct v4l2_requestbuffers
|__u32||The number of buffers requested or granted.|
|__u32||Type of the stream or buffers, this is the same
as the struct v4l2_format |
|__u32||Applications set this field to
|__u32||A place holder for future extensions. Drivers and applications must set the array to zero.|
On success 0 is returned, on error -1 and the
errno variable is set appropriately. The generic error codes are described at the Generic Error Codes chapter.
The buffer type (
type field) or the
requested I/O method (
memory) is not