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SubjectRe: [PATCH] xfs: Use kmem_zalloc for bp->b_pages.
On Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 01:07:32PM +0800, Sean Fu wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 09:32:30AM -0800, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 11:36:36PM +0800, Sean Fu wrote:
> > > Change the allocation of bp->b_pages to use kmem_zalloc instead of
> > > kmem_alloc.
> > > Remove unnecessary memset for bp->b_pages.
> > >
> > > This reduces text size by 42 bytes.
> > > Before:
> > > text data bss dec hex filename
> > > 23335 588 8 23931 5d7b ./fs/xfs/xfs_buf.o
> > > After:
> > > text data bss dec hex filename
> > > 23293 588 8 23889 5d51 ./fs/xfs/xfs_buf.o
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Sean Fu <fxinrong@gmail.com>
> > > ---
> > > fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c | 3 +--
> > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> > > index 4f5f2ff3f70f..be4f740b97c1 100644
> > > --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> > > +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> > > @@ -289,12 +289,11 @@ _xfs_buf_get_pages(
> > > if (page_count <= XB_PAGES) {
> > > bp->b_pages = bp->b_page_array;
> > > } else {
> > > - bp->b_pages = kmem_alloc(sizeof(struct page *) *
> > > + bp->b_pages = kmem_zalloc(sizeof(struct page *) *
> > > page_count, KM_NOFS);
> > > if (bp->b_pages == NULL)
> > > return -ENOMEM;
> > > }
> > > - memset(bp->b_pages, 0, sizeof(struct page *) * page_count);
> >
> > Does this leave b_pages uninitialized in the page_count <= XB_PAGES
> > case?
> bp is allocated by kmem_zone_zalloc, But i will take a deep look at xfs_buf_associate_memory.

We can (and do) reuse buffers with different memory buffers via
xfs_buf_associate_memory() (e.g. see the split log buffer code in
xlog_sync()].

I'd prefer that we leave the explicit memset here for this re-use
case - leaving the page pointer array with stale page pointers (even
though beyond b_page_count) means any page array overrun turns into
a memory corruption (via access of a stale page) rather than a NULL
pointer dereference and immediate fail.

IMO, a small decrease in binary size is not worth changing the
failure behaviour from a definite, immediate fail to a random memory
corruption failure some time in the future...

Cheers,

Dave.
--
Dave Chinner
david@fromorbit.com

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