RtlEnumerateGenericTable function (ntddk.h)

The RtlEnumerateGenericTable routine is used to enumerate the elements in a generic table.


NTSYSAPI PVOID RtlEnumerateGenericTable(
  BOOLEAN            Restart



[in] A pointer to the generic table (RTL_GENERIC_TABLE). The table must have been initialized by calling RtlInitializeGenericTable.


[in] Set to TRUE if the enumeration is to start at the first element in the table. Set to FALSE if resuming the enumeration from a previous call.

To enumerate all elements in the table, use RtlEnumerateGenericTable as follows:

for (p = RtlEnumerateGenericTable ( Table, TRUE );
     p != NULL;
     p = RtlEnumerateGenericTable ( Table, FALSE )) {
        // Process the element pointed to by p

Return value

RtlEnumerateGenericTable returns a pointer to the next element, if one exists. If there are no more elements in the table, RtlEnumerateGenericTable returns NULL.


RtlEnumerateGenericTable flattens the generic table by converting it from a splay tree into a sorted linked list. To enumerate the table without flattening it, use RtlEnumerateGenericTableWithoutSplaying.

Callers of the Rtl..GenericTable routines are responsible for exclusively synchronizing access to the generic table. An exclusive fast mutex is the most efficient synchronization mechanism to use for this purpose.

By default, the operating system uses splay trees to implement generic tables. Under some circumstances, operations on a splay tree will make the tree deep and narrow and might even turn it into a straight line. Very deep trees degrade the performance of searches. You can ensure a more balanced, shallower tree implementation of generic tables by using Adelson-Velsky/Landis (AVL) trees. If you want to configure the generic table routines to use AVL trees instead of splay trees in your driver, insert the following define statement in a common header file before including Ntddk.h:


If RTL_USE_AVL_TABLES is not defined, you must use the AVL form of the generic table routines. For example, use the RtlEnumerateGenericTableAvl routine instead of RtlEnumerateGenericTable. In the call to RtlEnumerateGenericTableAvl, the caller must pass a RTL_AVL_TABLE table structure rather than RTL_GENERIC_TABLE.

Callers of RtlEnumerateGenericTable must be running at IRQL < DISPATCH_LEVEL if the caller-allocated memory for the generic table is pageable.


Target Platform Universal
Header ntddk.h (include Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h, Fltkernel.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe
IRQL < DISPATCH_LEVEL (see Remarks section)

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