BLK_INSERT_REQUEST(9) Block Devices BLK_INSERT_REQUEST(9)
NAME blk_insert_request - insert a special request into a request queue
SYNOPSIS void blk_insert_request(struct request_queue * q, struct request * rq, int at_head, void * data);
ARGUMENTS q request queue where request should be inserted
rq request to be inserted
at_head insert request at head or tail of queue
data private data
DESCRIPTION Many block devices need to execute commands asynchronously, so they don´t block the whole kernel from preemption during request execution. This is accomplished normally by inserting aritficial requests tagged as REQ_TYPE_SPECIAL in to the corresponding request queue, and letting them be scheduled for actual execution by the request queue.
We have the option of inserting the head or the tail of the queue. Typically we use the tail for new ioctls and so forth. We use the head of the queue for things like a QUEUE_FULL message from a device, or a host that is unable to accept a particular command.
COPYRIGHT Kernel Hackers Manual 2.6. November 2013 BLK_INSERT_REQUEST(9)