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SubjectRe: [PATCH] no need to check for NULL before calling kfree() -fs/ext2/
On Sun, 27 Mar 2005, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 27, 2005 at 05:12:58PM +0200, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> > Well, kfree inlined was already mentioned but forgotten again.
> > What if this was used:
> >
> > inline static void kfree_WRAP(void *addr) {
> > if(likely(addr != NULL)) {
> > kfree_real(addr);
> > }
> > return;
> > }
> >
> > And remove the NULL-test in kfree_real()? Then we would have:
> Am I the only person who is completely fascinated by the
> effort being spent here micro-optimising something thats
> almost never in a path that needs optimising ?
> I'd be amazed if any of this masturbation showed the tiniest
> blip on a real workload, or even on a benchmark other than
> one crafted specifically to test kfree in a loop.

The benchmarks were started when someone noticed one of the tests was (a) not
in a cleanup path and (b) very unlikely to be true.



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