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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.18-rc4 00/10] Kernel memory leak detector 0.9
On 15/08/06, Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 14/08/06, Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The kmemleak+slab locking is a bit complicated because memleak itself
> > needs to allocate memory and avoid recursive calls to it (the
> > pointer_cache and the radix_tree allocations). The kmemleak-related
> > allocations are not tracked by kmemleak.
> >
> > I see the following solutions:
> >
> > 1. acquire the memleak_lock at the beginning of an alloc/free function
> > and release it when finished while allowing recursive/nested calls
> > (and only call the memleak_* functions during the outermost lock).
> > This would mean ignoring the off-slab management allocations as these
> > would lead to deadlock because of the recursive call into kmemleak.
> > This locking should be placed around cache_reap() as well (actually,
> > around all the entry points in the mm/slab.c file).
>
> This would actually work because the slab allocation functions may sleep.

I meant "would *not*" above.

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Catalin
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