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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] percpu: use ZERO_SIZE_PTR / ZERO_OR_NULL_PTR

On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:58:52AM -0600, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > No, NULL is never gonna be a valid return from any allocator including
> > percpu. Percpu allocator doesn't and will never do so.
> How do you prevent the percpu allocator from returning NULL? I thought the
> per cpu offsets can wrap around?

I thought it didn't. I rememer thinking about this and determining
that NULL can't be allocated for dynamic addresses. Maybe I'm
imagining things. Anyways, if it can return NULL for valid
allocation, it is a bug and should be fixed.

> > I'm saying we don't have this for ZERO_SIZE_PTR in any meaningful way
> > at this point. If somebody wants to implement it properly, please
> > feel free to, but simply applying ZERO_SIZE_PTR without other changes
> > doesn't make any sense.
> We have no clean notion of how a percpu pointer needs to be handled. Both
> ways of handling things have drawbacks.

We don't have returned addr >= PAGE_SIZE guarantee yet but I'm fairly
sure that's the only acceptable direction if we want any improvement
in this area.



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