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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/8] slab: provide and use krealloc_array()
On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 5:14 AM Joe Perches <> wrote:
> On Mon, 2020-11-02 at 16:20 +0100, Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
> > From: Bartosz Golaszewski <>
> >
> > Andy brought to my attention the fact that users allocating an array of
> > equally sized elements should check if the size multiplication doesn't
> > overflow. This is why we have helpers like kmalloc_array().
> >
> > However we don't have krealloc_array() equivalent and there are many
> > users who do their own multiplication when calling krealloc() for arrays.
> >
> > This series provides krealloc_array() and uses it in a couple places.
> My concern about this is a possible assumption that __GFP_ZERO will
> work, and as far as I know, it will not.

Yeah so I had this concern for devm_krealloc() and even sent a patch
that extended it to honor __GFP_ZERO before I noticed that regular
krealloc() silently ignores __GFP_ZERO. I'm not sure if this is on
purpose. Maybe we should either make krealloc() honor __GFP_ZERO or
explicitly state in its documentation that it ignores it?

This concern isn't really related to this patch as such - it's more of
a general krealloc() inconsistency.


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