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Date:	Fri, 08 Feb 2008 15:22:29 -0800
From:	Badari Pulavarty <pbadari@...ibm.com>
To:	Greg KH <greg@...ah.com>, haveblue@...ibm.com
Cc:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	lkml <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [-mm PATCH] sysdev_unregister() should call kobject_del()


On Thu, 2008-02-07 at 20:55 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 05:25:46PM -0800, Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-02-07 at 16:38 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 03:56:58PM -0800, Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> > > > Hi Greg,
> > > > 
> > > > While playing with hotplug memory remove on 2.6.24-mm1, I 
> > > > noticed that /sysfs directory entries are not getting removed.
> > > > 
> > > > sysdev_unregister() used to call kobject_unregister().
> > > > But in 2.6.24-mm1, its only dropping the ref. It should
> > > > call kobject_del() to remove the object. Correct ?
> > > > 
> > > > With this change, the directories are getting removed
> > > > correctly. Comments ?
> > > 
> > > Ick, no, this shouldn't be needed, someone else must be holding a
> > > reference to the kobject device somewhere.  See the kobject documenation
> > > for more info.
> > > 
> > > I'll try to see where we grab 2 references...
> > 
> > I will take a closer look then. I was taking easy way out :(
> 
> Hm, I don't see anything obvious in the sys.c core.  What code is
> controlling these objects that you are creating and removing from the
> system?
> 

I found the culprit. Its not in sys.c core :)

remove_memory_block() takes a reference on kobject by calling
find_memory_block(). It then calls  unregister_memory() to free up sysfs
entry.
It drops only one ref (which it got at register time). So it never gets
freed up. I am going to send out a separate patch for it.

Thanks for your help.

Thanks,
Badari



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