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SubjectRe: [-mm patch] UNION_FS must depend on SLAB
On Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:13:56 -0500
Josef Sipek <jsipek@fsl.cs.sunysb.edu> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 08:37:34AM +0200, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> > On 2/20/07, Adrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de> wrote:
> > > CC fs/unionfs/copyup.o
> > >/home/bunk/linux/kernel-2.6/linux-2.6.20-mm2/fs/unionfs/copyup.c: In
> > >function 'create_parents_named':
> > >/home/bunk/linux/kernel-2.6/linux-2.6.20-mm2/fs/unionfs/copyup.c:620:
> > >error: 'malloc_sizes' undeclared (first use in this function)
> > >/home/bunk/linux/kernel-2.6/linux-2.6.20-mm2/fs/unionfs/copyup.c:620:
> > >error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
> > >/home/bunk/linux/kernel-2.6/linux-2.6.20-mm2/fs/unionfs/copyup.c:620:
> > >error: for each function it appears in.)
> > >make[3]: *** [fs/unionfs/copyup.o] Error 1
> >
> > Hmm, why is unionfs playing around with malloc_sizes in the first place?
> > Jeff?
>
> The code is in lookup.c:
>
> if (oldsize) {
> int minsize = malloc_sizes[0].cs_size;
>
> if (!newsize || ((oldsize < newsize) && (newsize > minsize))) {
> kfree(info->lower_paths);
> info->lower_paths = NULL;
> }
> }
>
> That's the only user of malloc_sizes. It is supposed to be an optimization -
> we get the smallest sized piece of memory even if we don't need all of it.
> This way we don't reallocate & memcpy needlessly.
>

urgh, no, please don't poke around in slab internals like that.

If you want to propose an extension to the slab ABI the please do so and
we'll take a look at it.

I can't say more until I've managed to understand your description, which
might take a while.

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