Miscellaneous Functions and Constants



Declared in: be/kernel/image.h

      void clear_caches(void *addr, size_t len, uint32 flags)

This function clears or invalidates the instruction and data caches. You should only need this function if you're generating code on the fly, or if you're performing a timing loop and you want to start with fresh caches (to get a "worst case" estimate).

The argument are:

By invalidating a section of the instruction cache, you cause the instructions in that section to be reloaded next time they're needed. Flushing the data cache causes the in-memory copy of the data to be written out to the cache.


Declared in: be/kernel/OS.h

      void debugger(const char *string)

Throws the calling thread into the debugger. The string argument becomes the debugger's first utterance.


Declared in: be/kernel/OS.h

      int disable_debugger(int state)

Instructs the kernel to send a signal for all exceptions, even those that don't normally trigger the debugger. If the application doesn't have a handler installed for the exception, the team dies without triggering the debugger. state should be nonzero to turn on this functionality or 0 to turn it off.


Declared in: posix/signal.be.h

      void set_signal_stack(void *ptr, size_t size)

Sets the location and size of the stack that's used by the thread's signal handlers.



Declared in: be/kernel/OS.h

#define B_INFINITE_TIMEOUT (9223372036854775807LL);

The inifinite timeout value can be used to specify, to timeout-accepting functions, that you're willing to wait forever.


Declared in: be/kernel/OS.h

#define B_OS_NAME_LENGTH 32

This constant gives the maximum length of the name of a thread, semaphore, port, area, or other operating system bauble.


Declared in: be/kernel/OS.h

#define B_PAGE_SIZE 4096

The B_PAGE_SIZE constant gives the size, in bytes, of a page of RAM.

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