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Old 07-29-2010, 05:58 PM
Joel Becker
Default GFS2: Use kmalloc when possible for ->readdir() (try #2)

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:13:27AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:56:23 +0100 Steven Whitehouse <swhiteho@redhat.com> wrote:
> > +static void gfs2_free_sort_buffer(void *ptr)
> > +{
> > + if (is_vmalloc_addr(ptr))
> > + vfree(ptr);
> > + else
> > + kfree(ptr);
> > +}
> This got kicked around a bit in May (Subject: mm: generic adaptive
> large memory allocation APIs). That patch tried kmalloc(), then
> alloc_pages(), then vmalloc(). Nothing got merged though.
> I wasn't terribly excited about it because of vague fears that it would
> just incite people to spend even less effort thinking about how large
> their individual allocations are.

I think these sort of things belong closer to the using code.
Like gfs2's declaration that "this is how we do our sort buffers," it is
a decision best left to the caller.



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Joel Becker
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