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Date:   Mon, 7 Nov 2016 04:10:16 +0000 (GMT)
From:   James Simmons <jsimmons@...radead.org>
To:     Oleg Drokin <oleg.drokin@...el.com>
cc:     Christophe JAILLET <christophe.jaillet@...adoo.fr>,
        andreas.dilger@...el.com, gregkh@...uxfoundation.org,
        emoly.liu@...el.com, lustre-devel@...ts.lustre.org,
        devel@...verdev.osuosl.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        kernel-janitors@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] staging: lustre: obdclass: Add handling of error
 returned by lustre_cfg_new


> On Nov 6, 2016, at 12:11 PM, Christophe JAILLET wrote:
> 
> > 'lustre_cfg_new()' can return ERR_PTR(-ENOMEM).
> > Handle these errors and propagate the error code to the callers.
> > 
> > Error handling has been rearranged in 'lustre_process_log()' with the
> > addition of a label in order to free some resources.
> 
> I wonder if we should just make it return NULL on allocation failure,
> and then at least the other error handling that is there (i.e. in your other patch)
> would become correct.
> This would make handling in mgc_apply_recover_logs incorrect, but it's already
> geared towards this sort of handling anyway, as it discards the passed error
> and sets ENOMEM unconditionally (just need to revert 3092c34a in a way).

The header lustre_cfg.h is meant to be a UAPI header file. It is used for 
our userland tools but with the current shape of lustre_cfg.h upstream our 
tools will not build with it. So having kzalloc and kfree in this header
is incorrect. To do this right I need to update our user land tools as 
well so we should hold off on these patches.

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