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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.16-mm2 1/4] sched_domain - handle kmalloc failure
Andrew Morton wrote:
> Nick Piggin <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

>>In that case, would it be simpler just
>>to add a __GFP_NOFAIL here and forget about it?
>
>
> No new __GFP_NOFAILs, please.

It isn't a new one as such. It would simply make explicit the fact
that this code really can't handle allocation failures, and it is
presently depending on the allocator implementation to work.

> The fact that the CPU addition will succeed, but it'll run forever more
> with load balancing disabled still seems Just Wrong to me. We should
> either completely succeed or completely fail.
>

Yes. But we shouldn't partially fail and leave the machine crippled.

Hence, __GFP_NOFAIL as a good marker for someone who gets keen and
comes along to fix it up properly. If it were trivial to fix it, I
wouldn't suggest adding the __GFP_NOFAIL.

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