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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2 4/4] gpio: Remove VLA from stmpe driver
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On 03/18/2018 06:29 PM, Phil Reid wrote:
> On 16/03/2018 02:00, Laura Abbott wrote:
>> The new challenge is to remove VLAs from the kernel
>> (see https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/7/621)
>>
>> This patch replaces a VLA with an appropriate call to kmalloc_array.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Laura Abbott <labbott@redhat.com>
>> ---
>> v2: Switch to GFP_KERNEL. There was some discussion about if we should
>> be doing the allocation at all but given a) the allocation is pretty
>> small and b) we can possibly take a mutex in a called function I think
>> this is fine.
>
> I still think it's a bad idea. It's simple to preallocate the buffer.
> But it's up to the maintainer.
>

I'd feel a lot more confident about doing the global buffer with
guidance from the maintainer. But looking at the platform data, the
maximum number of GPIOs is 24, or 3 banks. Maybe we should just always
stack allocate the maximum since it's fairly small.

Thanks,
Laura

>
>> ---
>>   drivers/gpio/gpio-stmpe.c | 7 ++++++-
>>   1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/gpio/gpio-stmpe.c b/drivers/gpio/gpio-stmpe.c
>> index f8d7d1cd8488..c2bb20ace6f5 100644
>> --- a/drivers/gpio/gpio-stmpe.c
>> +++ b/drivers/gpio/gpio-stmpe.c
>> @@ -369,10 +369,14 @@ static irqreturn_t stmpe_gpio_irq(int irq, void *dev)
>>       struct stmpe *stmpe = stmpe_gpio->stmpe;
>>       u8 statmsbreg;
>>       int num_banks = DIV_ROUND_UP(stmpe->num_gpios, 8);
>> -    u8 status[num_banks];
>> +    u8 *status;
>>       int ret;
>>       int i;
>> +    status = kmalloc_array(num_banks, sizeof(*status), GFP_KERNEL);
>> +    if (!status)
>> +        return IRQ_NONE;
>> +
>>       /*
>>        * the stmpe_block_read() call below, imposes to set statmsbreg
>>        * with the register located at the lowest address. As STMPE1600
>> @@ -424,6 +428,7 @@ static irqreturn_t stmpe_gpio_irq(int irq, void *dev)
>>           }
>>       }
>> +    kfree(status);
>>       return IRQ_HANDLED;
>>   }
>>
>
>

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