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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] mm: remove unlikly NULL from kfree
    Hi Thomas,

    On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 7:19 AM, Steven Rostedt <> wrote:
    > > > This makes sense, since we now encourage developers to just call kfree
    > > > without checking for NULL.

    On Wed, 25 Mar 2009, Pekka Enberg wrote:
    > > But those are _error handling paths_ (at least supposed to be). I
    > > wonder which call-sites are responsible for this. Can frtrace help us
    > > here?

    On Wed, 2009-03-25 at 08:50 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
    > Why is this an error handler. We replaced tons of
    > if (obj)
    > kfree(obj);
    > constructs all over the kernel with kfree(obj); and let kfree deal
    > with the NULL pointer.

    We encourage developers not to check for kfree() in the common
    out-of-memory error handling paths. But what Steven's results suggest is
    that the common case is something like this:

    void *p = NULL;

    if (/* unlikely condition */)
    p = kmalloc(...);


    which, quite frankly, doesn't make much sense to me. That's why I would
    really want to know which call-sites are causing this before applying
    the patch.


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