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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] zsmalloc use zs_handle instead of void *
On 5/10/12 10:02 AM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 11:03:19AM +0900, Minchan Kim wrote:
>> On 05/10/2012 05:19 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>>
>>> On Fri, May 04, 2012 at 11:24:54AM +0900, Minchan Kim wrote:
>>>> On 05/04/2012 12:23 AM, Seth Jennings wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> On 05/03/2012 08:32 AM, Nitin Gupta wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> On 5/3/12 2:40 AM, Minchan Kim wrote:
>>>>>>> We should use zs_handle instead of void * to avoid any
>>>>>>> confusion. Without this, users may just treat zs_malloc return value as
>>>>>>> a pointer and try to deference it.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Cc: Dan Magenheimer<dan.magenheimer@oracle.com>
>>>>>>> Cc: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk<konrad.wilk@oracle.com>
>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim<minchan@kernel.org>
>>>>>>> ---
>>>>>>> drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c | 8 ++++----
>>>>>>> drivers/staging/zram/zram_drv.c | 8 ++++----
>>>>>>> drivers/staging/zram/zram_drv.h | 2 +-
>>>>>>> drivers/staging/zsmalloc/zsmalloc-main.c | 28
>>>>>>> ++++++++++++++--------------
>>>>>>> drivers/staging/zsmalloc/zsmalloc.h | 15 +++++++++++----
>>>>>>> 5 files changed, 34 insertions(+), 27 deletions(-)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This was a long pending change. Thanks!
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> The reason I hadn't done it before is that it introduces a checkpatch
>>>>> warning:
>>>>>
>>>>> WARNING: do not add new typedefs
>>>>> #303: FILE: drivers/staging/zsmalloc/zsmalloc.h:19:
>>>>> +typedef void * zs_handle;
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes. I did it but I think we are (a) of chapter 5: Typedefs in Documentation/CodingStyle.
>>>>
>>>> (a) totally opaque objects (where the typedef is actively used to _hide_
>>>> what the object is).
>>>>
>>>> No?
>>>
>>> No.
>>>
>>> Don't add new typedefs to the kernel. Just use a structure if you need
>>> to.
>>
>>
>> I tried it but failed because there were already tightly coupling between [zcache|zram]
>> and zsmalloc.
>> They already knows handle's internal well so they used it as pointer, even zcache keeps
>> handle's value as some key in tmem_put and tmem_get
>> AFAIK, ramster also will use zsmalloc sooner or later and add more coupling codes. Sigh.
>> Please fix it as soon as possible.
>>
>> Dan, Seth
>> Any ideas?
>
> struct zs {
> void *ptr;
> };
>
> And pass that structure around?
>

A minor problem is that we store this handle value in a radix tree node.
If we wrap it as a struct, then we will not be able to store it directly
in the node -- the node will have to point to a 'struct zs'. This will
unnecessarily waste sizeof(void *) for every object stored.

We could 'memcpy' struct zs to a void * and then store that directly in
the radix node but not sure if that would be less ugly than just
returning the handle as a void * as is done currently.

Thanks,
Nitin


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