vm86old(2) — Linux manual page


VM86(2)                   Linux Programmer's Manual                  VM86(2)

NAME         top

       vm86old, vm86 - enter virtual 8086 mode

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <sys/vm86.h>

       int vm86old(struct vm86_struct *info);

       int vm86(unsigned long fn, struct vm86plus_struct *v86);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The system call vm86() was introduced in Linux 0.97p2.  In Linux
       2.1.15 and 2.0.28, it was renamed to vm86old(), and a new vm86() was
       introduced.  The definition of struct vm86_struct was changed in
       1.1.8 and 1.1.9.

       These calls cause the process to enter VM86 mode (virtual-8086 in
       Intel literature), and are used by dosemu.

       VM86 mode is an emulation of real mode within a protected mode task.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS         top

       EFAULT This return value is specific to i386 and indicates a problem
              with getting user-space data.

       ENOSYS This return value indicates the call is not implemented on the
              present architecture.

       EPERM  Saved kernel stack exists.  (This is a kernel sanity check;
              the saved stack should exist only within vm86 mode itself.)

CONFORMING TO         top

       This call is specific to Linux on 32-bit Intel processors, and should
       not be used in programs intended to be portable.

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                            2009-02-20                          VM86(2)

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