RtlGetElementGenericTable function (ntddk.h)

The RtlGetElementGenericTable routine returns a pointer to the caller-supplied data for a particular generic table element.


NTSYSAPI PVOID RtlGetElementGenericTable(
  [in] ULONG              I


[in] Table

Pointer to the generic table (RTL_GENERIC_TABLE) from which the Ith element is to be retrieved. The table must have been initialized by calling RtlInitializeGenericTable.

[in] I

Index of the element selected. This value is zero-based, so the index of the last-inserted element currently in Table is always one less than the value returned by RtlNumberGenericTableElements.

Return value

RtlGetElementGenericTable returns a pointer to the caller-supplied data for the Ith element in the generic table. It returns NULL if the given I is too large or if the generic table currently has no elements.


RtlGetElementGenericTable returns the Ith element inserted in the generic table. To retrieve the first element, set I to zero. To retrieve the last element, set I to (RtlNumberGenericTableElements(Table)-1). Note that if an element is deleted from the generic table, the indexes of all elements inserted after the deleted element are decremented. Thus an element's index might change over time.

RtlGetElementGenericTable is more efficient than RtlLookupElementGenericTable if the caller can supply the index of a particular element for which the caller needs access to the associated data. However, calling RtlGetElementGenericTable repeatedly to test for such an element is less efficient than calling RtlLookupElementGenericTable to locate it.

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 RtlGetElementGenericTableAvl routine instead of RtlGetElementGenericTable. In the call to RtlGetElementGenericTableAvl, the caller must pass a RTL_AVL_TABLE table structure rather than RTL_GENERIC_TABLE.

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


Requirement Value
Target Platform Universal
Header ntddk.h (include Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe
IRQL Any level (See Remarks)

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