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SubjectRe: [PATCH powerpc 2/2] kfree the cache name of pgtable cache if SLUB is used
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On Thu, 2012-07-05 at 12:23 +0400, Glauber Costa wrote:
> On 07/05/2012 05:41 AM, Li Zhong wrote:
> > On Wed, 2012-07-04 at 16:40 +0400, Glauber Costa wrote:
> >> On 07/04/2012 01:00 PM, Li Zhong wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 2012-07-03 at 15:36 -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> >>>>> Looking through the emails it seems that there is an issue with alias
> >>>>> strings.
> >>> To be more precise, there seems no big issue currently. I just wanted to
> >>> make following usage of kmem_cache_create (SLUB) possible:
> >>>
> >>> name = some string kmalloced
> >>> kmem_cache_create(name, ...)
> >>> kfree(name);
> >>
> >> Out of curiosity: Why?
> >> This is not (currently) possible with the other allocators (may change
> >> with christoph's unification patches), so you would be making your code
> >> slub-dependent.
> >>
> >
> > For slub itself, I think it's not good that: in some cases, the name
> > string could be kfreed ( if it was kmalloced ) immediately after calling
> > the cache create; in some other case, the name string needs to be kept
> > valid until some init calls finished.
> >
> > I agree with you that it would make the code slub-dependent, so I'm now
> > working on the consistency of the other allocators regarding this name
> > string duplicating thing.
>
> If you really need to kfree the string, or even if it is easier for you
> this way, it can be done. As a matter of fact, this is the case for me.
> Just that your patch is not enough. Christoph has a patch that makes
> this behavior consistent over all allocators.

Sorry, I didn't know that. Seems I don't need to continue the half-done
work in slab. If possible, would you please give me a link of the patch?
Thank you.

> This just needs to be pushed again to the tree.
>




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