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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm: cma: support sysfs
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On 2/8/21 10:13 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 08, 2021 at 05:57:17PM -0800, John Hubbard wrote:
>> On 2/8/21 3:36 PM, Minchan Kim wrote:
>> ...
>>>>> char name[CMA_MAX_NAME];
>>>>> +#ifdef CONFIG_CMA_SYSFS
>>>>> + struct cma_stat *stat;
>>>>
>>>> This should not be a pointer. By making it a pointer, you've added a bunch of pointless
>>>> extra code to the implementation.
>>>
>>> Originally, I went with the object lifetime with struct cma as you
>>> suggested to make code simple. However, Greg KH wanted to have
>>> release for kobj_type since it is consistent with other kboject
>>> handling.
>>
>> Are you talking about the kobj in your new struct cma_stat? That seems
>> like circular logic if so. I'm guessing Greg just wanted kobj methods
>> to be used *if* you are dealing with kobjects. That's a narrower point.
>>
>> I can't imagine that he would have insisted on having additional
>> allocations just so that kobj freeing methods could be used. :)
>
> Um, yes, I was :)
>
> You can not add a kobject to a structure and then somehow think you can
> just ignore the reference counting issues involved. If a kobject is
> part of a structure then the kobject is responsible for controling the
> lifespan of the memory, nothing else can be.
>
> So by making the kobject dynamic, you properly handle that memory
> lifespan of the object, instead of having to worry about the lifespan of
> the larger object (which the original patch was not doing.)
>
> Does that make sense?
>
That part makes sense, yes, thanks. The part that I'm trying to straighten
out is, why was kobject even added to the struct cma_stat in the first
place? Why not just leave .stat as a static member variable, without
a kobject in it, and done?

thanks,
--
John Hubbard
NVIDIA

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