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SubjectRe: [PATCH] include/net/genetlink.h: Allow genlmsg_cancel to accept a NULL argument
From: Julia Lawall <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:43:40 +0100 (CET)

> nlmsg_cancel can accept NULL as its second argument, so for similarity,
> this patch extends genlmsg_cancel to be able to accept a NULL second
> argument as well.
> Signed-off-by: Julia Lawall <>

I did a scan of all of the cases where this interface is used, and
I cannot find a situation where this capability would even be useful.

The use pattern is always:

hdr = genlmsg_put(skb, ...);
if (!hdr)
goto out;


return genlmsg_end(skb, hdr);

genlmsg_cancel(skb, hdr);
return -EWHATEVER;

Always, hdr will be non-NULL.

We have to allocate the header first, then put the netlink

Looking over users of nlmsg_cancel(), the situation seems to
match identically.

Therefore, it seems to me that it makes more sense to remove
the NULL check from nlmsg_cancel() than to add the NULL check
to genlmsg_cancel().


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