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SubjectRe: no need to check for NULL before calling kfree() -fs/ext2/
Hi,
In my wlan driver module, i allocated some memory using kmalloc in
interrupt context, this one failed but its not returning NULL , so i was
proceeding further everything was going wrong... & finally the kernel
crahed. Can any one of you tell me why this is happening ? i cannot use
GFP_KERNEL because i'm calling this function from interrupt context & it
may block. Any other solution for this ?? I'm concerned abt why kmalloc
is not returning null if its not a success ??

Is it not necessary to check for NULL before calling kfree() ??
Regards,
Lavin

Pekka J Enberg wrote:

> Hi,
> Paul Jackson writes:
>
>> Even such obvious changes as removing redundant checks doesn't
>> seem to ensure a performance improvement. Jesper Juhl posted
>> performance data for such changes in his microbenchmark a couple
>> of days ago.
>
>
> It is not a performance issue, it's an API issue. Please note that
> kfree() is analogous libc free() in terms of NULL checking. People are
> checking NULL twice now because they're confused whether kfree() deals
> it or not.
> Paul Jackson writes:
>
>> Maybe we should be following your good advice:
>> > You don't know that until you profile!
>> instead of continuing to make these code changes.
>
>
> I am all for profiling but it should not stop us from merging the
> patches because we can restore the generated code with the included
> (totally untested) patch.
> Pekka
> Signed-off-by: Pekka Enberg <penberg@cs.helsinki.fi>
> ---
> Index: 2.6/include/linux/slab.h
> ===================================================================
> --- 2.6.orig/include/linux/slab.h 2005-03-22 14:31:30.000000000
> +0200
> +++ 2.6/include/linux/slab.h 2005-03-30 09:08:13.000000000 +0300
> @@ -105,8 +105,14 @@
> return __kmalloc(size, flags);
> }
> +static inline void kfree(const void * p)
> +{
> + if (!p)
> + return;
> + __kfree(p);
> +}
> +
> extern void *kcalloc(size_t, size_t, int);
> -extern void kfree(const void *);
> extern unsigned int ksize(const void *);
> extern int FASTCALL(kmem_cache_reap(int));
> Index: 2.6/mm/slab.c
> ===================================================================
> --- 2.6.orig/mm/slab.c 2005-03-22 14:31:31.000000000 +0200
> +++ 2.6/mm/slab.c 2005-03-30 09:08:45.000000000 +0300
> @@ -2567,13 +2567,11 @@
> * Don't free memory not originally allocated by kmalloc()
> * or you will run into trouble.
> */
> -void kfree (const void *objp)
> +void __kfree (const void *objp)
> {
> kmem_cache_t *c;
> unsigned long flags;
> - if (!objp)
> - return;
> local_irq_save(flags);
> kfree_debugcheck(objp);
> c = GET_PAGE_CACHE(virt_to_page(objp));
> @@ -2581,7 +2579,7 @@
> local_irq_restore(flags);
> }
> -EXPORT_SYMBOL(kfree);
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(__kfree);
> #ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> /**
> -
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