get_user_pages_fast — pin user pages in memory
|unsigned long start,|
|struct page ** pages|
unsigned long start
starting user address
number of pages from start to pin
whether pages will be written to
struct page ** pages
array that receives pointers to the pages pinned. Should be at least nr_pages long.
Returns number of pages pinned. This may be fewer than the number requested. If nr_pages is 0 or negative, returns 0. If no pages were pinned, returns -errno.
get_user_pages_fast provides equivalent functionality to get_user_pages, operating on current and current->mm, with force=0 and vma=NULL. However unlike get_user_pages, it must be called without mmap_sem held.
get_user_pages_fast may take mmap_sem and page table locks, so no
assumptions can be made about lack of locking. get_user_pages_fast is to be
implemented in a way that is advantageous (vs
get_user_pages) when the
user memory area is already faulted in and present in ptes. However if the
pages have to be faulted in, it may turn out to be slightly slower so
callers need to carefully consider what to use. On many architectures,
get_user_pages_fast simply falls back to get_user_pages.