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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sparc: vio: use put_device() instead of kfree()
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On Wednesday 25 April 2018 09:14 PM, Shannon Nelson wrote:
> On 4/25/2018 7:56 AM, Arvind Yadav wrote:
>> Never directly free @dev after calling device_register(), even
>> if it returned an error. Always use put_device() to give up the
>> reference initialized.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Arvind Yadav <arvind.yadav.cs@gmail.com>
>> ---
>> arch/sparc/kernel/vio.c | 2 +-
>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/arch/sparc/kernel/vio.c b/arch/sparc/kernel/vio.c
>> index 1a0fa10..32bae68 100644
>> --- a/arch/sparc/kernel/vio.c
>> +++ b/arch/sparc/kernel/vio.c
>> @@ -403,7 +403,7 @@ static struct vio_dev *vio_create_one(struct
>> mdesc_handle *hp, u64 mp,
>> if (err) {
>> printk(KERN_ERR "VIO: Could not register device %s, err=%d\n",
>> dev_name(&vdev->dev), err);
>> - kfree(vdev);
>> + put_device(&vdev->dev);
>
> Hmmm... I can see why the put_device() might be a good idea, but I
> think we still need the kfree() so as to not leak the memory that was
> kzalloc'd above for vdev.
>

There is no need to call kfree() here. Because put_device()
will decrement the last reference and then free the memory
by calling dev->release(It'll call vio_dev_release()).
Internally put_device() -> kobject_put() -> kobject_cleanup()
which is responsible to call 'dev -> release' and also free
other kobject resources.
If we will call kfree() here, Then It'll be a redundant call.

~arvind

> sln
>
>> return NULL;
>> }
>> if (vdev->dp)
>>

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