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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3 RFC] ARM: mvebu: at least warn on kzalloc failure
On Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 06:49:49AM +0200, Nicholas Mc Guire wrote:
> Although it is very unlikely that the allocation during init would
> fail any such failure should point to the original cause rather
> than waiting for a null-pointer dereference to splat.
> Signed-off-by: Nicholas Mc Guire <>
> ---
> Problem located with experimental coccinelle script
> While this will not really help much - but kzalloc failures should not
> go unhandled.

Sorry, no, not like this.

With this patch, rather than getting an oops and a stacktrace which
people can capture and email, we instead end up getting a warning
line, a stack trace, followed by an oops containing another stack

We _already_ have problems getting people to send us kernel message
debug information without editing out what they deem to be "unnecessary
verbage", like all those numbers and function names that comprise a
stack trace. We don't need yet more of that stuff, especially when it
is redundant.

So, I think throwing WARN_ON() at this case is way too excessive, and
will only have a detrimental effect on the reports we receive - and
that is extremely important.

IMHO, A better solution would be to just print a warning, rather than
causing the kernel to print several kB of needless messages.

if (!new_compat)
pr_err("new_compat allocation failure in %s()\n",

> Patch was compile-tested: mvebu_v7_defconfig (implies MACH_MVEBU_ANY=y)
> (with some unrelated sparse warnings about missing syscalls)
> Patch is against 5.1-rc4 (localversion-next is 20190412)
> arch/arm/mach-mvebu/board-v7.c | 1 +
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-mvebu/board-v7.c b/arch/arm/mach-mvebu/board-v7.c
> index 0b10acd..37f8cb6 100644
> --- a/arch/arm/mach-mvebu/board-v7.c
> +++ b/arch/arm/mach-mvebu/board-v7.c
> @@ -128,6 +128,7 @@ static void __init i2c_quirk(void)
> struct property *new_compat;
> new_compat = kzalloc(sizeof(*new_compat), GFP_KERNEL);
> + WARN_ON(!new_compat);
> new_compat->name = kstrdup("compatible", GFP_KERNEL);
> new_compat->length = sizeof("marvell,mv78230-a0-i2c");
> --
> 2.1.4

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