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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] modules: proper cleanup of kobject without CONFIG_SYSFS
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On Friday 23 May 2008 03:54:15 Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 07:20:22PM +1000, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > On Tuesday 20 May 2008 19:59:48 Denis V. Lunev wrote:
> > > kobject: '<NULL>' (ffffffffa0104050): is not initialized, yet
> > > kobject_put()
> >
> > Thanks Denis.
> >
> > This patch masks a deeper problem; looks like you can't load any modules
> > with CONFIG_SYSFS=n:
> >
> > kernel/module.c:
> > int mod_sysfs_init(struct module *mod)
> > {
> > int err;
> > struct kobject *kobj;
> >
> > if (!module_sysfs_initialized) {
> > printk(KERN_ERR "%s: module sysfs not initialized\n",
> > mod->name);
> > err = -EINVAL;
> > goto out;
> > }
> >
> > AFAICT, module_sysfs_initialized is not ever set if !CONFIG_SYSFS.
> >
> > I can't see the point of module_sysfs_initialized. It was introduced by
> > Greg in commit 823bccfc ("remove "struct subsystem" as it is no longer
> > needed").
> >
> > Greg, what were you trying to do here? Modules can't be loaded before
> > param_sysfs_init(): are you trying to handle the case where the
> > kset_create_and_add() fails?
>
> Yes. Previously you were never detecting that if the subsystem was not
> properly created (for whatever reason), we could fail horribly when
> trying to load a module.

Well, my policy is to crash when allocations fail during boot, rather than
traversing untested code paths. But since that code already exists, I'm not
religious enough to argue about it; just wanted to see if there was some
subtlety I was missing.

> Now we at least detect that problem, is is causing an issue somehow? I
> think you have now seen that we can load modules with CONFIG_SYSFS=n,
> otherwise people would have complained by now (not that anyone actually
> runs that kind of configuration that I know of...)

Yes, thanks. But it seems noone has removed a module in such a config since
April 2007.

The module/sysfs code is messy though: we do most sysfs stuff only under
CONFIG_SYSFS, which seems overkill since at a glance it should just neatly do
nothing. Do you have the cycles and inclination to take a look at it?

Thanks,
Rusty.


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