FLUSH(5)                                                 FLUSH(5)

     NAME
          flush - abort a message

     SYNOPSIS
          size[4] Tflush tag[2] oldtag[2]
          size[4] Rflush tag[2]

     DESCRIPTION
          When the response to a request is no longer needed, such as
          when a user interrupts a process doing a sys-read(2), a
          Tflush request is sent to the server to purge the pending
          response.  The message being flushed is identified by
          oldtag. The semantics of flush depends on messages arriving
          in order.

          The server must answer the flush message immediately.  If it
          recognizes oldtag as the tag of a pending transaction, it
          should abort any pending response and discard that tag.  In
          either case, it should respond with an Rflush echoing the
          tag (not oldtag) of the Tflush message.  A Tflush can never
          be responded to by an Rerror message.

          When the client sends a Tflush, it must wait to receive the
          corresponding Rflush before reusing oldtag for subsequent
          messages.  If a response to the flushed request is received
          before the Rflush, the client must honor the response as if
          it had not been flushed, since the completed request may
          signify a state change in the server.  For instance, Tcreate
          may have created a file and Twalk may have allocated a fid.
          If no response is received before the Rflush, the flushed
          transaction is considered to have been cancelled, and should
          be treated as though it had never been sent.

          Several exceptional conditions are handled correctly by the
          above specification: sending multiple flushes for a single
          tag, flushing after a transaction is completed, flushing a
          Tflush, and flushing an invalid tag.

     SEE ALSO
          sys-read(2).