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SubjectRE: [PATCH] slub: Proper kmemleak tracking if CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG disabled
On Wednesday, October 02, 2013 7:41 AM, Christoph Lameter [cl@linux.com] wrote:
>
>On Fri, 27 Sep 2013, Frank Rowand wrote:
>
>> Move the kmemleak code for small block allocation out from
>> under CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG.
>
>Well in that case it may be better to move the hooks as a whole out of
>the CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG section. Do the #ifdeffering for each call from the
>hooks instead.
>
>The point of the hook functions is to separate the hooks out of the
>functions so taht they do not accumulate in the main code.
>
>The patch moves one hook back into the main code. Please keep the checks
>in the hooks.

Thanks for the feedback. Roman's first patch, which we discussed internally
before sending this one, did exactly that. I guess Roman gets to say "I told
you so." :-) My bad for telling him to change it.

We'll refactor along the lines that you describe, and send another one.

The problem child is actually the unconditional call to kmemleak_alloc()
in kmalloc_large_node() (in slub.c). The problem comes because that call
is unconditional on CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG but the kmemleak
calls in the hook routines are conditional on CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG.
So if you have CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG=n but CONFIG_DEBUG_KMEMLEAK=y,
you get the false reports.

Now, there are kmemleak calls in kmalloc_large_node() and kfree() that don't
follow the "hook" pattern. Should these be moved to 'hook' routines, to keep
all the checks in the hooks?

Personally, I like the idea of keeping bookeeping/tracing/debug stuff in hook
routines. I also like de-coupling CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG and CONFIG_DEBUG_KMEMLEAK,
but maybe others have a different opinon. Unless someone speaks up, we'll
move the the currently in-function kmemleak calls into hooks, and all of the
kmemleak stuff out from under CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG.
We'll have to see if the ifdefs get a little messy.
-- Tim




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