nbd_trim - send trim command to the NBD server


 #include <libnbd.h>

 int nbd_trim (
       struct nbd_handle *h, uint64_t count,
       uint64_t offset, uint32_t flags


Issue a trim command to the NBD server, which if supported by the server causes a hole to be punched in the backing store starting at offset and ending at offset + count - 1. The call returns when the command has been acknowledged by the server, or there is an error. Note this will generally return an error if nbd_can_trim(3) is false or nbd_is_read_only(3) is true.

Note that not all servers can support a count of 4GiB or larger; nbd_get_extended_headers_negotiated(3) indicates which servers will parse a request larger than 32 bits. The NBD protocol does not yet have a way for a client to learn if the server will enforce an even smaller maximum trim size, although a future extension may add a constraint visible in nbd_get_block_size(3).

The flags parameter may be 0 for no flags, or may contain LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_FUA meaning that the server should not return until the data has been committed to permanent storage (if that is supported - some servers cannot do this, see nbd_can_fua(3)).

By default, libnbd will reject attempts to use this function with parameters that are likely to result in server failure, such as requesting an unknown command flag. The nbd_set_strict_mode(3) function can be used to alter which scenarios should await a server reply rather than failing fast.


If the call is successful the function returns 0.


On error -1 is returned.

Refer to "ERROR HANDLING" in libnbd(3) for how to get further details of the error.

The following parameters must not be NULL: h. For more information see "Non-NULL parameters" in libnbd(3).


The handle must be connected with the server, otherwise this call will return an error.


This function first appeared in libnbd 1.0.

If you need to test if this function is available at compile time check if the following macro is defined:



nbd_aio_trim(3), nbd_can_fua(3), nbd_can_trim(3), nbd_create(3), nbd_get_block_size(3), nbd_get_extended_headers_negotiated(3), nbd_is_read_only(3), nbd_set_strict_mode(3), libnbd(3).


Eric Blake

Richard W.M. Jones


Copyright Red Hat


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