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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com>
> Sent: Monday, September 2, 2019 8:16 PM
> To: Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com>
> Cc: alex.williamson@redhat.com; Jiri Pirko <jiri@mellanox.com>;
> kwankhede@nvidia.com; davem@davemloft.net; kvm@vger.kernel.org;
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; netdev@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/6] mdev: Introduce sha1 based mdev alias
>
> On Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:45:13 +0000
> Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com> wrote:
>
> > > > > > > This detour via the local variable looks weird to me. Can
> > > > > > > you either create the alias directly in the mdev (would need
> > > > > > > to happen later in the function, but I'm not sure why you
> > > > > > > generate the alias before checking for duplicates anyway), or do
> an explicit copy?
> > > > > > Alias duplicate check is done after generating it, because
> > > > > > duplicate alias are
> > > > > not allowed.
> > > > > > The probability of collision is rare.
> > > > > > So it is speculatively generated without hold the lock,
> > > > > > because there is no
> > > > > need to hold the lock.
> > > > > > It is compared along with guid while mutex lock is held in single
> loop.
> > > > > > And if it is duplicate, there is no need to allocate mdev.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > It will be sub optimal to run through the mdev list 2nd time
> > > > > > after mdev
> > > > > creation and after generating alias for duplicate check.
> > > > >
> > > > > Ok, but what about copying it? I find this "set local variable
> > > > > to NULL after ownership is transferred" pattern a bit unintuitive.
> > > > > Copying it to the mdev (and then unconditionally freeing it)
> > > > > looks more
> > > obvious to me.
> > > > Its not unconditionally freed.
> > >
> > > That's not what I have been saying :(
> > >
> > Ah I see. You want to allocate alias memory twice; once inside mdev device
> and another one in _create() function.
> > _create() one you want to free unconditionally.
> >
> > Well, passing pointer is fine.
>
> It's not that it doesn't work, but it feels fragile due to its non-obviousness.
And its well commented as Alex asked.

>
> > mdev_register_device() has similar little tricky pattern that makes parent =
> NULL on __find_parent_device() finds duplicate one.
>
> I don't think that the two are comparable.
>
They are very similar.
Why parent should be marked null otherwise.

> >
> > Ownership transfer is more straight forward code.
>
> I have to disagree here.
>
Ok. It is better than allocating memory twice. So I prefer to stick to this method.

> >
> > It is similar to device_initialize(), device init sequence code, where once
> device_initialize is done, freeing the device memory will be left to the
> put_device(), we don't call kfree() on mdev device.
>
> This does not really look similar to me: devices are refcounted structures,
> while strings aren't; you transfer a local pointer to a refcounted structure
> and then discard the local reference.

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