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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm: cma: support sysfs
On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 11:16:07PM -0800, John Hubbard wrote:
> On 2/9/21 11:12 PM, Minchan Kim wrote:
> ...
> > > > Agreed. How about this for the warning part?
> > > >
> > > > +
> > > > +/*
> > > > + * note: kobj_type should provide a release function to free dynamically
> > > > + * allocated object since kobject is responsible for controlling lifespan
> > > > + * of the object. However, cma_area is static object so technially, it
> > > > + * doesn't need release function. It's very exceptional case so pleaes
> > > > + * do not follow this model.
> > > > + */
> > > > static struct kobj_type cma_ktype = {
> > > > .sysfs_ops = &kobj_sysfs_ops,
> > > > .default_groups = cma_groups
> > > > + .release = NULL, /* do not follow. See above */
> > > > };
> > > >
> > >
> > > No, please no. Just do it the correct way, what is the objection to
> > > creating a few dynamic kobjects from the heap? How many of these are
> > > you going to have that it will somehow be "wasteful"?
> > >
> > > Please do it properly.
> >
> > Oh, I misunderstood your word "don't provide a release function for the
> > kobject" so thought you agreed on John. If you didn't, we are stuck again:
> > IIUC, the objection from John was the cma_stat lifetime should be on parent
> > object, which is reasonable and make code simple.
> > Frankly speaking, I don't have strong opinion about either approach.
> > John?
> >
>
> We should do it as Greg requests, now that it's quite clear that he's insisting
> on this. Not a big deal.
>
> I just am not especially happy about the inability to do natural, efficient
> things here, such as use a statically allocated set of things with sysfs. And
> I remain convinced that the above is not "improper"; it's a reasonable
> step, given the limitations of the current sysfs design. I just wanted to say
> that out loud, as my proposal sinks to the bottom of the trench here. haha :)

What is "odd" is that you are creating an object in the kernel that you
_never_ free. That's not normal at all in the kernel, and so, your wish
to have a kobject that you never free represent this object also is not
normal :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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