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Subject[RFC PATCH] type safe allocator
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I wonder why we don't have type safe object allocators a-la new() in
C++ or g_new() in glib?

fooptr = k_new(struct foo, GFP_KERNEL);

is nicer and more descriptive than

fooptr = kmalloc(sizeof(*fooptr), GFP_KERNEL);

and more safe than

fooptr = kmalloc(sizeof(struct foo), GFP_KERNEL);

And we have zillions of both variants.

Note, I'm not advocating mass replacement, but using this in new code,
and gradually converting old ones whenever they need touching anyway.

Signed-off-by: Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi@suse.cz>
---
Index: linux-2.6.22/include/linux/slab.h
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.22.orig/include/linux/slab.h 2007-07-09 01:32:17.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.22/include/linux/slab.h 2007-08-01 10:42:45.000000000 +0200
@@ -110,6 +110,38 @@ static inline void *kcalloc(size_t n, si
return __kzalloc(n * size, flags);
}

+/**
+ * k_new - allocate given type object
+ * @type: the type of the object to allocate
+ * @flags: the type of memory to allocate.
+ */
+#define k_new(type, flags) ((type *) kmalloc(sizeof(type), flags))
+
+/**
+ * k_new0 - allocate given type object, zero out allocated space
+ * @type: the type of the object to allocate
+ * @flags: the type of memory to allocate.
+ */
+#define k_new0(type, flags) ((type *) kzalloc(sizeof(type), flags))
+
+/**
+ * k_new_array - allocate array of given type object
+ * @type: the type of the object to allocate
+ * @len: the length of the array
+ * @flags: the type of memory to allocate.
+ */
+#define k_new_array(type, len, flags) \
+ ((type *) kmalloc(sizeof(type) * (len), flags))
+
+/**
+ * k_new0_array - allocate array of given type object, zero out allocated space
+ * @type: the type of the object to allocate
+ * @len: the length of the array
+ * @flags: the type of memory to allocate.
+ */
+#define k_new0_array(type, len, flags) \
+ ((type *) kzalloc(sizeof(type) * (len), flags))
+
/*
* Allocator specific definitions. These are mainly used to establish optimized
* ways to convert kmalloc() calls to kmem_cache_alloc() invocations by selecting
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