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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kmalloc: Return NULL instead of link failure
Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:53:26 -0500
> Jeff Mahoney <> wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> The SLAB kmalloc with a constant value isn't consistent with the other
>> implementations because it bails out with __you_cannot_kmalloc_that_much
>> rather than returning NULL and properly allowing the caller to fall back
>> to vmalloc or take other action. This doesn't happen with a non-constant
>> value or with SLOB or SLUB.
>> Starting with 2.6.28, I've been seeing build failures on s390x. This is
>> due to init_section_page_cgroup trying to allocate 2.5MB when the max
>> size for a kmalloc on s390x is 2MB.
>> It's failing because the value is constant. The workarounds at the call
>> size are ugly and the caller shouldn't have to change behavior depending
>> on what the backend of the API is.
>> So, this patch eliminates the link failure and returns NULL like the
>> other implementations.
> OK by me, is that's what the other sl[]b.c implementations
> do.
> That __you_cannot_kmalloc_that_much() thing has frequently been a PITA
> anyway - some gcc versions flub the constant_p() test and end up
> referencing __you_cannot_kmalloc_that_much() when the callsite was
> passing a variable `size' arg.


> Strange patch format, but it applied.
> I'll punt this patch in the Pekka direction.

Applied, thanks!


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