DEVFREE(1M) Maintenance Commands DEVFREE(1M)


NAME


devfree - release devices from exclusive use

SYNOPSIS


devfree key [device]...


DESCRIPTION


devfree releases devices from exclusive use. Exclusive use is requested
with the command devreserv.


When devfree is invoked with only the key argument, it releases all
devices that have been reserved for that key. When called with key and
device arguments, devfree releases the specified devices that have been
reserved with that key.

OPERANDS


The following operands are supported:

device
Defines device that this command will release from exclusive
use. device can be the pathname of the device or the device
alias.


key
Designates the unique key on which the device was reserved.


EXIT STATUS


The following exit values are returned:

0
Successful completion.


1
Command syntax was incorrect, an invalid option was used, or an
internal error occurred.


2
Device table or device reservation table could not be opened for
reading.


3
Reservation release could not be completely fulfilled because one or
more of the devices was not reserved or was not reserved on the
specified key.


FILES


/etc/device.tab


/etc/devlkfile


SEE ALSO


devreserv(1M), attributes(5)

NOTES


The commands devreserv and devfree are used to manage the availability of
devices on a system. These commands do not place any constraints on the
access to the device. They serve only as a centralized bookkeeping point
for those who wish to use them. Processes that do not use devreserv may
concurrently use a device with a process that has reserved that device.


July 5, 1990 DEVFREE(1M)