FSH_PROBEBUF - Check user address validity

This function provides the mechanism for performing validity checks on 
arbitrary pointers to data that users may pass in. 
Note:   FSDs must check on these pointers before using them. 
Calling Sequence   

int far pascal FSH_PROBEBUF(operation, pdata, cbData)

unsigned short operation;
char far * pData;
unsigned short cbData;

operation indicates whether read or write access is desired. 
operation ==  0 indicates read access is to be checked. 
operation ==  1 indicates write access is to be checked. 
All other values are reserved. 
pData is the starting address of user data. 
cbData is the length of user data. If cbData is 0, a length of 64K is 
If no error is detected, a zero error code is returned. If an error is 
detected, one of the following error codes is returned: 
indicates access to the indicated memory region is illegal (access to the 
data is inappropriate or the user transfer region is partially or 
completely inaccessible). 
Because users may pass in arbitrary pointers to data, FSDs must perform 
validity checks on these pointers before using them. Because OS/2 is 
multi-threaded, the addressability of data returned by FSH_PROBEBUF is 
only valid until the FSD blocks. Blocking, either explicitly or implicitly 
allows other threads to run, possibly invalidating a user segment. 
FSH_PROBEBUF must, therefore, be reapplied after every block. 
FSH_PROBEBUF provides a convenient method to assure a user transfer 
address is valid and present in memory. Upon successful return, the user 
address may be treated as a far pointer and accessed up to the specified 
length without either blocking or faulting. This is guaranteed until the 
FSD returns or until the next block. 
If FSH_PROBEBUF detects a protection violation, the process is terminated 
as soon as possible. The OS/2 kernel kills the process once it has exited 
from the FSD. 
On 80386 processors, FSH_PROBEBUF ensures all touched pages are physically 
present in memory so the FSD will not suffer an implicit block due to a 
page fault. However, FSH_PROBEBUF does NOT guarantee the pages will be 
physically contiguous in memory because FSDs are not expected to do DMA. 
FSH_PROBEBUF may block. 
Note:   OS/2 does not validate input parameters. An FSD, therefore, should 
call FSH_PROBEBUF where appropriate. 

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