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Subject[PATCH V2] ARM: imx legacy: warn on failed allocation
Even in init the allocation can fail and thus should report by 
pr_err() so that the cause can be easily identified.

Signed-off-by: Nicholas Mc Guire <>

Problem located with an experimental coccinelle script

V2: Russell King <> pointed out that the use of
WARN_ON() would result in a stack trace followed by the oops due
to dereferencing of the NULL pointer and so make it even less
likely that users would uncover the actual cause - so drop the
WARN_ON() and use a short pr_err() message that points to the
oops cause directly.

Note that this will trigger a checkpatch WARNING:
"WARNING: Possible unnecessary 'out of memory' message"
but comparing the oops with an without the one-line pr_err I would argue
that it makes sense to include it (first line here is from pr_err()):
[ 8061.514840] shared page allocation failure in hello_init()
[ 8113.563239] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000000
[ 8113.563250] #PF error: [WRITE]
[ 8113.563255] PGD 8000000129993067 P4D 8000000129993067 PUD 129992067 PMD 0
[ 8113.563267] Oops: 0002 [#1] SMP PTI
[ 8113.563276] CPU: 2 PID: 2656 Comm: bash Tainted: G W O 5.0.0-rc3livepatchtest-next-20190123+ #4
[ 8113.563280] Hardware name: Quanta TWH/TWH, BIOS QU221 10/14/2011
[ 8113.563292] RIP: 0010:foo_store+0x3a/0x90 [hello_chardev]

Patch was compile-tested with: imx_v4_v5_defconfig (implies
(with some unrelated sparse warnings about unimplemented syscalls)

Patch is against 5.1-rc4 (localversion-next is 20190415)

arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-mx27ads.c | 4 ++++
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-mx27ads.c b/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-mx27ads.c
index 6dd7f57..cba6876 100644
--- a/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-mx27ads.c
+++ b/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-mx27ads.c
@@ -247,6 +247,10 @@ static void __init mx27ads_regulator_init(void)
struct gpio_chip *vchip;

vchip = kzalloc(sizeof(*vchip), GFP_KERNEL);
+ if (!vchip)
+ pr_err("vchip allocation failure in %s()\n",
+ __func__);
vchip->owner = THIS_MODULE;
vchip->label = "LCD";
vchip->base = MX27ADS_LCD_GPIO;
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