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SubjectPointer magic in mm_init_cpumask()
Hello everyone.
I was chasing some issue in my own code when I came across the
following in include/linux/mm_types.h:
/* Pointer magic because the dynamic array size confuses some compilers. */
static inline void mm_init_cpumask(struct mm_struct *mm)
unsigned long cpu_bitmap = (unsigned long)mm;

cpu_bitmap += offsetof(struct mm_struct, cpu_bitmap);
cpumask_clear((struct cpumask *)cpu_bitmap);

/* Future-safe accessor for struct mm_struct's cpu_vm_mask. */
static inline cpumask_t *mm_cpumask(struct mm_struct *mm)
return (struct cpumask *)&mm->cpu_bitmap;
Bodies of both functions came from commit
c1a2f7f0c06454387c2cd7b93ff1491c715a8c69 "mm: Allocate the mm_cpumask
(mm->cpu_bitmap[]) dynamically based on nr_cpu_ids"

This raises the following issues:
If pointer magic is required in mm_init_cpumask(), then what makes
mm_cpumask() safe (and vice versa)?
If mm_cpumask() is not safe, then at the very least the following has
to be fixed:
$ grep -rIn 'cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(' *
arch/powerpc/include/asm/tlb.h:69: cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(mm));
arch/sparc/mm/init_64.c:857: cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(mm));
arch/ia64/include/asm/mmu_context.h:92: cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(mm));
arch/csky/mm/asid.c:126: cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(mm));
arch/arm/mm/context.c:233: cpumask_clear(mm_cpumask(mm));

Otherwise, mm_init_cpumask() can be simplified down to
What do you think?

Please CC me on reply.
Thank you.

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