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Date:	Sun, 02 May 2010 20:31:21 +0300
From:	Avi Kivity <avi@...hat.com>
To:	Changli Gao <xiaosuo@...il.com>
CC:	Jiri Slaby <jslaby@...e.cz>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@...il.com>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
	linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs: use kmalloc() to allocate fdmem if possible

On 05/02/2010 07:46 PM, Changli Gao wrote:
> use kmalloc() to allocate fdmem if possible.
>
> vmalloc() is used as a fallback solution for fdmem allocation. Two members are
> added into the hole of the structure fdtable to indicate if vmalloc() is used
> or not.
>
>
> diff --git a/fs/file.c b/fs/file.c
> index 34bb7f7..f71dd85 100644
> --- a/fs/file.c
> +++ b/fs/file.c
> @@ -39,28 +39,34 @@ int sysctl_nr_open_max = 1024 * 1024; /* raised later */
>    */
>   static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct fdtable_defer, fdtable_defer_list);
>
> -static inline void * alloc_fdmem(unsigned int size)
> +static inline void *alloc_fdmem(unsigned int size, unsigned short *use_vmalloc)
>   {
> -	if (size<= PAGE_SIZE)
> -		return kmalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
> -	else
> -		return vmalloc(size);
> +	void *data;
> +
> +	data = kmalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
> +	if (data != NULL) {
> +		*use_vmalloc = 0;
> +		return data;
> +	}
> +	*use_vmalloc = 1;
> +
> +	return vmalloc(size);
>   }
>    

Perhaps vmalloc() should do this by itself?  vfree() can examine the 
pointer and call kfree() if it isn't within the vmalloc address range.

-- 
I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
signature is too narrow to contain.

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