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Subject[PATCH v2 1/2] mm: kmemleak: change error at _write when kmemleak is disabled
According to POSIX, EBUSY means that the "device or resource is busy",
and this can lead to people thinking that the file
`/sys/kernel/debug/kmemleak/` is somehow locked or being used by other
process. Change this error code to a more appropriate one.

Signed-off-by: André Almeida <>

This time I've added the mailing list, not only the maintainers.

Changes in v2:
- Remove pr_error.
- Replace EINVAL for EPERM, since the command isn't invalid, in fact, the
user don't have the permission to trigger commands when kmemleak is
- Reword the commit message to be clearer the rationale behind the

mm/kmemleak.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/kmemleak.c b/mm/kmemleak.c
index 9dd581d11565..848333a591fa 100644
--- a/mm/kmemleak.c
+++ b/mm/kmemleak.c
@@ -1866,7 +1866,7 @@ static ssize_t kmemleak_write(struct file *file, const char __user *user_buf,

if (!kmemleak_enabled) {
- ret = -EBUSY;
+ ret = -EPERM;
goto out;

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