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SubjectRe: [PATCH] slab: deal with NULL pointers passed to kmem_cache_free
On Wed, 21 March 2007 08:30:27 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Mar 2007 16:41:19 +0200 "Pekka Enberg" <penberg@cs.helsinki.fi> wrote:
>
> > Yeah, I'll try to sneak a patch past Andrew.
>
> That would be sneaky.
>
> Thing is, such a patch would amount to adding a test-for-NULL to codepaths
> which we *know* do not need it. There is no point in doing that.

How about two patches, one renaming kmem_cache_free to
kmem_cache_free_fast or __kmem_cache_free or whatever pleases you most,
the second adding kmem_cache_free with a NULL check.

The point is that the easiest way to use kmem_cache_free should be the
safest, but not necessarily the fastest. Existing well-tuned and
NULL-aware code paths can remain fast, random new code will be safe.

Jörn

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