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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] async_pq: Remove VLA usage
[ add Vinod's korg address ]

On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 3:37 PM, Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
> [ adding linux-raid ]
>
> Apologies for the delay, the recent ping from Kees made me take a closer look.
>
> On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 12:58 AM, Kyle Spiers <ksspiers@google.com> wrote:
>> In the quest to remove VLAs from the kernel[1], this moves the
>> allocation of coefs and blocks from the stack to being kmalloc()ed.
>>
>> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/7/621
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Kyle Spiers <ksspiers@google.com>
>> ---
>> Forgot to add slab.h
>> ---
>> crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c | 18 ++++++++++++++----
>> crypto/async_tx/raid6test.c | 9 ++++++++-
>> 2 files changed, 22 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c b/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
>> index 56bd612927ab..af1912313a23 100644
>> --- a/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
>> +++ b/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
>> @@ -194,9 +194,9 @@ async_gen_syndrome(struct page **blocks, unsigned int offset, int disks,
>> (src_cnt <= dma_maxpq(device, 0) ||
>> dma_maxpq(device, DMA_PREP_CONTINUE) > 0) &&
>> is_dma_pq_aligned(device, offset, 0, len)) {
>> - struct dma_async_tx_descriptor *tx;
>> + struct dma_async_tx_descriptor *tx = NULL;
>> enum dma_ctrl_flags dma_flags = 0;
>> - unsigned char coefs[src_cnt];
>> + unsigned char *coefs;
>> int i, j;
>>
>> /* run the p+q asynchronously */
>> @@ -207,6 +207,9 @@ async_gen_syndrome(struct page **blocks, unsigned int offset, int disks,
>> * sources and update the coefficients accordingly
>> */
>> unmap->len = len;
>> + coefs = kmalloc_array(src_cnt, sizeof(*coefs), GFP_KERNEL);
>
> At a minimum this needs to be GFP_NOIO since raid may be in the
> page-reclaim path.
>
> However, I think it may be better to allocate this with the rest of
> the stripe resources and pass it in as a scratch buffer. See the usage
> / implementation of scribble_alloc() in drivers/md/raid5.c.

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