IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation macro

The IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation macro modifies the system's IO_STACK_LOCATION array pointer, so that when the current driver calls the next-lower driver, that driver receives the same IO_STACK_LOCATION structure that the current driver received.


VOID IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation(
  [in, out] PIRP Irp


Irp [in, out]

A pointer to the IRP.

Return value



When your driver sends an IRP to the next-lower driver, your driver can call IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation if you do not intend to provide an IoCompletion routine (the address of which is stored in the driver's IO_STACK_LOCATION structure). If you call IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation before calling IoCallDriver, the next-lower driver receives the same IO_STACK_LOCATION that your driver received.

If you intend to provide an IoCompletion routine for the IRP, your driver should call IoCopyCurrentIrpStackLocationToNext instead of IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation. If a badly written driver makes the mistake of calling IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation and then setting a completion routine, this driver might overwrite a completion routine set by the driver below it.

If the driver has pended an IRP, the driver should not be calling IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation before it passes the IRP to the next lower driver. If the driver calls IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation on a pended IRP before passing it to the next lower driver, the SL_PENDING_RETURNED flag is still set in the Control member of the I/O stack location for the next driver. Because the next driver owns that stack location and might modify it, it could potentially clear the pending flag. This situation might cause the operating system to issue a bug check or the processing of the IRP to never be completed.

Instead, a driver that has pended an IRP should call IoCopyCurrentIrpStackLocationToNext to set up a new stack location for the next lower driver before it calls IoCallDriver.

If your driver calls IoSkipCurrentIrpStackLocation, be careful not to modify the IO_STACK_LOCATION structure in a way that could unintentionally affect the lower driver or the system's behavior with respect to that driver. Examples include modifying the IO_STACK_LOCATION structure's Parameters union or calling IoMarkIrpPending.


Target platform


Available starting with Windows 2000.


Wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, or Ntifs.h)


Any level

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