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+<refentry id="vidioc-prepare-buf">
+ <refmeta>
+ <refentrytitle>ioctl VIDIOC_PREPARE_BUF</refentrytitle>
+ &manvol;
+ </refmeta>
+
+ <refnamediv>
+ <refname>VIDIOC_PREPARE_BUF</refname>
+ <refpurpose>Prepare a buffer for I/O</refpurpose>
+ </refnamediv>
+
+ <refsynopsisdiv>
+ <funcsynopsis>
+ <funcprototype>
+ <funcdef>int <function>ioctl</function></funcdef>
+ <paramdef>int <parameter>fd</parameter></paramdef>
+ <paramdef>int <parameter>request</parameter></paramdef>
+ <paramdef>struct v4l2_buffer *<parameter>argp</parameter></paramdef>
+ </funcprototype>
+ </funcsynopsis>
+ </refsynopsisdiv>
+
+ <refsect1>
+ <title>Arguments</title>
+
+ <variablelist>
+ <varlistentry>
+ <term><parameter>fd</parameter></term>
+ <listitem>
+ <para>&fd;</para>
+ </listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+ <varlistentry>
+ <term><parameter>request</parameter></term>
+ <listitem>
+ <para>VIDIOC_PREPARE_BUF</para>
+ </listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+ <varlistentry>
+ <term><parameter>argp</parameter></term>
+ <listitem>
+ <para></para>
+ </listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+ </variablelist>
+ </refsect1>
+
+ <refsect1>
+ <title>Description</title>
+
+ <note>
+ <title>Experimental</title>
+ <para>This is an <link linkend="experimental"> experimental </link>
+ interface and may change in the future.</para>
+ </note>
+
+ <para>Applications can optionally call the
+<constant>VIDIOC_PREPARE_BUF</constant> ioctl to pass ownership of the buffer
+to the driver before actually enqueuing it, using the
+<constant>VIDIOC_QBUF</constant> ioctl, and to prepare it for future I/O.
+Such preparations may include cache invalidation or cleaning. Performing them
+in advance saves time during the actual I/O. In case such cache operations are
+not required, the application can use one of
+<constant>V4L2_BUF_FLAG_NO_CACHE_INVALIDATE</constant> and
+<constant>V4L2_BUF_FLAG_NO_CACHE_CLEAN</constant> flags to skip the respective
+step.</para>
+
+ <para>The <structname>v4l2_buffer</structname> structure is
+specified in <xref linkend="buffer" />.</para>
+ </refsect1>
+
+ <refsect1>
+ &return-value;
+
+ <variablelist>
+ <varlistentry>
+ <term><errorcode>EBUSY</errorcode></term>
+ <listitem>
+ <para>File I/O is in progress.</para>
+ </listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+ <varlistentry>
+ <term><errorcode>EINVAL</errorcode></term>
+ <listitem>
+ <para>The buffer <structfield>type</structfield> is not
+supported, or the <structfield>index</structfield> is out of bounds,
+or no buffers have been allocated yet, or the
+<structfield>userptr</structfield> or
+<structfield>length</structfield> are invalid.</para>
+ </listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+ </variablelist>
+ </refsect1>
+</refentry>