[PATCH powerpc 2/2] kfree the cache name of pgtable cache if SLUB is used

Glauber Costa glommer at parallels.com
Thu Jul 5 18:23:52 EST 2012

On 07/05/2012 05:41 AM, Li Zhong wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-07-04 at 16:40 +0400, Glauber Costa wrote:
>> On 07/04/2012 01:00 PM, Li Zhong wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2012-07-03 at 15:36 -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
>>>>> Looking through the emails it seems that there is an issue with alias
>>>>> strings. 
>>> To be more precise, there seems no big issue currently. I just wanted to
>>> make following usage of kmem_cache_create (SLUB) possible:
>>> 	name = some string kmalloced
>>> 	kmem_cache_create(name, ...)
>>> 	kfree(name);
>> Out of curiosity: Why?
>> This is not (currently) possible with the other allocators (may change
>> with christoph's unification patches), so you would be making your code
>> slub-dependent.
> For slub itself, I think it's not good that: in some cases, the name
> string could be kfreed ( if it was kmalloced ) immediately after calling
> the cache create; in some other case, the name string needs to be kept
> valid until some init calls finished. 
> I agree with you that it would make the code slub-dependent, so I'm now
> working on the consistency of the other allocators regarding this name
> string duplicating thing. 

If you really need to kfree the string, or even if it is easier for you
this way, it can be done. As a matter of fact, this is the case for me.
Just that your patch is not enough. Christoph has a patch that makes
this behavior consistent over all allocators.

This just needs to be pushed again to the tree.

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