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Subject[PATCH 01/23] slub: don't create a copy of the name string in kmem_cache_create
When creating a cache, slub keeps a copy of the cache name through
strdup. The slab however, doesn't do that. This means that everyone
registering caches have to keep a copy themselves anyway, since code
needs to work on all allocators.

Having slab create a copy of it as well may very well be the right
thing to do: but at this point, the callers are already there

My motivation for it comes from the kmem slab cache controller for
memcg. Because we create duplicate caches, having a more consistent
behavior here really helps.

I am sending the patch, however, more to probe on your opinion about
it. If you guys agree, but don't want to merge it - since it is not
fixing anything, nor improving any situation etc, I am more than happy
to carry it in my series until it gets merged (fingers crossed).

Signed-off-by: Glauber Costa <>
CC: Christoph Lameter <>
CC: Pekka Enberg <>
mm/slub.c | 14 ++------------
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
diff --git a/mm/slub.c b/mm/slub.c
index ffe13fd..af8cee9 100644
--- a/mm/slub.c
+++ b/mm/slub.c
@@ -3925,7 +3925,6 @@ struct kmem_cache *kmem_cache_create(const char *name, size_t size,
size_t align, unsigned long flags, void (*ctor)(void *))
struct kmem_cache *s;
- char *n;

if (WARN_ON(!name))
return NULL;
@@ -3949,26 +3948,20 @@ struct kmem_cache *kmem_cache_create(const char *name, size_t size,
return s;

- n = kstrdup(name, GFP_KERNEL);
- if (!n)
- goto err;
s = kmalloc(kmem_size, GFP_KERNEL);
if (s) {
- if (kmem_cache_open(s, n,
+ if (kmem_cache_open(s, name,
size, align, flags, ctor)) {
list_add(&s->list, &slab_caches);
if (sysfs_slab_add(s)) {
- kfree(n);
goto err;
return s;
- kfree(n);
@@ -5212,7 +5205,6 @@ static void kmem_cache_release(struct kobject *kobj)
struct kmem_cache *s = to_slab(kobj);

- kfree(s->name);

@@ -5318,11 +5310,9 @@ static int sysfs_slab_add(struct kmem_cache *s)
return err;
kobject_uevent(&s->kobj, KOBJ_ADD);
- if (!unmergeable) {
+ if (!unmergeable)
/* Setup first alias */
sysfs_slab_alias(s, s->name);
- kfree(name);
- }
return 0;


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