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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.18-rc4 00/10] Kernel memory leak detector 0.9
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On Sat, 2006-08-19 at 11:07 +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On 18/08/06, Michal Piotrowski <michal.k.k.piotrowski@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I just added your "Fix memory leak in vc_resize/vc_allocate" patch to
> > my series file.
> >
> > orphan pointer 0xc6110000 (size 12288):
> > c017480e: <__kmalloc>
> > c024dda4: <vc_resize>
> > c020ed9c: <fbcon_startup>
> > c0251028: <register_con_driver>
> > c02511e0: <take_over_console>
> > c020e21e: <fbcon_takeover>
> > c0212b08: <fbcon_fb_registered>
> > c0212ce1: <fbcon_event_notify>
> > orphan pointer 0xf55b0000 (size 8208):
> > c017480e: <__kmalloc>
> > c0211bb8: <fbcon_set_font>
> > c0251b17: <con_font_set>
> > c0251c7b: <con_font_op>
> > c0249a97: <vt_ioctl>
> > c024432e: <tty_ioctl>
> > c0189fd1: <do_ioctl>
> > c018a269: <vfs_ioctl>
>
> The second one is probably a false positive as the stored pointer is
> different from the one returned by kmalloc (there is some padding).
> I'll add it to the kmemleak-false-positives patch.

Yes, I think it's triggered by the padding:

new_data += FONT_EXTRA_WORDS * sizeof(int);

The free'ing in fbcon_do_set_font() takes into account the padding:

if (old_data && (--REFCOUNT(old_data) == 0))
kfree(old_data - FONT_EXTRA_WORDS * sizeof(int));


> The first one might be a real leak. Anotonino, any idea about this?
>

On boot, vc->vc_screenbuf is allocated by alloc_bootmem() (vc->kmalloced
== 0), so yes, there's a leak in there . But I don't think we have a way
to deallocate this type of memory, so we just let it go.

Tony


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