FltWriteFileEx function

FltWriteFileEx is used to write data to an open file, stream, or device. This function extends FltWriteFile to allow the optional use of an MDL for write data instead of a mapped buffer address.

Syntax

NTSTATUS FLTAPI FltWriteFileEx(
  PFLT_INSTANCE                    InitiatingInstance,
  PFILE_OBJECT                     FileObject,
  PLARGE_INTEGER                   ByteOffset,
  ULONG                            Length,
  PVOID                            Buffer,
  FLT_IO_OPERATION_FLAGS           Flags,
  PULONG                           BytesWritten,
  PFLT_COMPLETED_ASYNC_IO_CALLBACK CallbackRoutine,
  PVOID                            CallbackContext,
  PULONG                           Key,
  PMDL                             Mdl
);

Parameters

InitiatingInstance

An opaque instance pointer for the minifilter driver instance that is initiating the write request. This parameter is required and cannot be NULL.

FileObject

A pointer to a file object for the file that the data is to be written to. This file object must be currently open. Calling FltWriteFileEx when the file object is not yet open or is no longer open (for example, in a pre-create or post-cleanup callback routine) causes the system to ASSERT on a checked build. This parameter is required and cannot be NULL.

ByteOffset

A pointer to a caller-allocated variable that specifies the starting byte offset within the file where the write operation is to begin.

If this offset is supplied, or if the FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_DO_NOT_UPDATE_BYTE_OFFSET flag is specified in the Flags parameter, FltWriteFileEx does not update the file object's CurrentByteOffset field.

If the file object that FileObject points to was opened for synchronous I/O, the caller of FltWriteFileEx can specify that the current file position offset be used instead of an explicit ByteOffset value by setting this parameter to NULL. If the current file position is used, FltWriteFileEx updates the file object's CurrentByteOffset field by adding the number of bytes written when it completes the write operation.

If the file object that FileObject points to was opened for asynchronous I/O, this parameter is required and cannot be NULL.

Note The FltWriteFileEx function does not support the FILE_WRITE_TO_END_OF_FILE flag.

Length

The size, in bytes, of the buffer that the Buffer parameter points to.

Buffer

A pointer to a buffer that contains the data to be written to the file. If the file is opened for noncached I/O, this buffer be must be aligned in accordance with the alignment requirement of the underlying storage device. Minifilter drivers can allocate such an aligned buffer by calling FltAllocatePoolAlignedWithTag.

If an MDL is provided in Mdl, Buffer must be NULL.

Flags

A bitmask of flags that specify the type of write operation to be performed.

Flag Meaning
FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_DO_NOT_UPDATE_BYTE_OFFSET Minifilter drivers can set this flag to specify that FltWriteFileEx will not update the file object's CurrentByteOffset field.
FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_NON_CACHED Minifilter drivers can set this flag to specify a noncached write, even if the file object was not opened with FILE_NO_INTERMEDIATE_BUFFERING.
FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_PAGING Minifilter drivers can set this flag to specify a paging write.
FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_SYNCHRONOUS_PAGING Minifilter drivers can set this flag to specify a synchronous paging I/O write. Minifilter drivers that set this flag must also set the FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_PAGING flag. This flag is available starting with Windows Vista.

BytesWritten

A pointer to a caller-allocated variable that receives the number of bytes written to the file. If CallbackRoutine is not NULL, this parameter is ignored. Otherwise, this parameter is optional and can be NULL.

CallbackRoutine

A pointer to a PFLT_COMPLETED_ASYNC_IO_CALLBACK-typed callback routine to call when the write operation is complete. This parameter is optional and can be NULL.

CallbackContext

A context pointer to be passed to the routine in CallbackRoutine if one is present. This parameter is optional and can be NULL. If CallbackRoutine is NULL, this parameter is ignored.

Key

An optional key associated with a file object lock.

Mdl

An optional MDL that describes the data to write. If a buffer is provided in Buffer, then Mdl must be NULL.

Return Value

FltWriteFileEx returns the NTSTATUS value that was returned by the file system.

Remarks

A minifilter driver calls FltWriteFileEx to write data to an open file.

FltWriteFileEx causes a write request to be sent to the minifilter driver instances attached below the initiating instance and to the file system. The specified instance and the instances attached above it do not receive the write request.

FltWriteFileEx performs noncached I/O if either of the following is true:

  • The caller set the FLTFL_IO_OPERATION_NON_CACHED flag in the Flags parameter.

  • The file object was opened for noncached I/O. Usually, this is done by specifying the FILE_NO_INTERMEDIATE_BUFFERINGCreateOptions flag in the preceding call to FltCreateFile, FltCreateFileEx, or ZwCreateFile.

Noncached I/O imposes the following restrictions on the parameter values passed to FltWriteFileEx:

  • The buffer that the Buffer parameter points to must be aligned in accordance with the alignment requirement of the underlying storage device. To allocate such an aligned buffer, call FltAllocatePoolAlignedWithTag.

  • The byte offset that the ByteOffset parameter points to must be a nonnegative multiple of the volume's sector size.

  • The length specified in the Length parameter must be a nonnegative multiple of the volume's sector size.

If the value of the CallbackRoutine parameter is not NULL, the write operation is performed asynchronously.

If the value of the CallbackRoutine parameter is NULL, the write operation is performed synchronously. That is, FltWriteFileEx waits until the write operation is complete before returning. This is true even if the file object that FileObject points to was opened for asynchronous I/O.

If multiple threads call FltWriteFileEx for the same file object, and the file object was opened for synchronous I/O, the filter manager does not attempt to serialize I/O on the file. In this respect, FltWriteFileEx differs from ZwWriteFile.

The Mdl parameter is provided as a convenience when a minifilter already has an MDL available. The MDL is used directly and the additional step of mapping an address for Buffer can be avoided.

Requirements

   
Windows version The FltWriteFileEx function is available starting with Windows 8.
Target Platform Universal
Header fltkernel.h (include Fltkernel.h)
Library FltMgr.lib
DLL Fltmgr.sys
IRQL PASSIVE_LEVEL

See Also

FltAllocatePoolAlignedWithTag

FltCreateFile

FltCreateFileEx

FltReadFile

FltReadFileEx

ObReferenceObjectByHandle

PFLT_COMPLETED_ASYNC_IO_CALLBACK

ZwWriteFile