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Old 02-22-2008, 03:38 AM   #1
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Unhappy Please explain arrayq_put() in arrayq.c

Hi ,

I am a novice programmer in Device Driver and Kernel Programming.I have come through a function in arrayq.c whose main work is to put element in the Queue.The function is given below:-

int arrayq_put(arrayq_t *q, void *base, arrayq_elem_t *data)

if (arrayq_full(q))
return 10;
if ((data->size + sizeof(arrayq_elem_t)) > q->elem_size)
printk ("<%d> <%d> : <%d>\n", data->size, sizeof(arrayq_elem_t), q->elem_size);

return 0;
memcpy(base + q->put * q->elem_size,
data->size + sizeof(arrayq_elem_t));
q->put &= q->mask;

return 1;
The thing here I don't understand is use of arrayq_elem_t *data which is used both as Source Pointer and Size in memcpy() method.The various structure used are given as follows:-

typedef struct
unsigned exponent;
unsigned size;
unsigned mask;
unsigned put;
unsigned get;
unsigned elem_size;
spinlock_t lock;

typedef struct
unsigned size;


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