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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] sound/aoa: Add kmalloc NULL tests
At Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:29:54 +0200 (CEST),
Julia Lawall wrote:
>
> On Thu, 30 Jul 2009, Johannes Berg wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 2009-07-30 at 16:11 +0200, Julia Lawall wrote:
> > > From: Julia Lawall <julia@diku.dk>
> > >
> > > Check that the result of kzalloc is not NULL before a dereference.
> >
> > > irq_client = kzalloc(sizeof(struct pmf_irq_client),
> > > GFP_KERNEL);
> > > + if (!irq_client) {
> > > + err = -ENOMEM;
> > > + printk(KERN_ERR "snd-aoa: gpio layer failed to"
> > > + " register %s irq (%d)\n", name, err);
> > > + goto out_unlock;
> > > + }
> >
> > Looks good, thanks, but I'd really drop the printk if only to not have
> > the string there, that doesn't really seem interesting.
>
> The printk is based on similar error handling code a few lines later:

But another problem is that the same error message is reused although
the error condition is totally different. The kzalloc NULL isn't
about the registration error. So, it's rather confusing.

However, for this particular error path, I agree with Johannes; we can
skip the error message since the error code ENOMEM is obvious.


thanks,

Takashi

>
> if (err) {
> printk(KERN_ERR "snd-aoa: gpio layer failed to"
> " register %s irq (%d)\n", name,
> err);
> kfree(irq_client);
> goto out_unlock;
> }
>
> Should the printk be removed in this case as well? Or is it ok to fail
> silently in one case and not in the other?
>
> julia
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