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Date:   Fri,  7 Dec 2018 14:30:32 +0800
From:   Xin Long <>
To:, network dev <>,
        Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <>,
        Neil Horman <>,
        Dave Hansen <>,
        David Rientjes <>,
        Eric Paris <>,
        Konstantin Khorenko <>
Subject: [PATCHv2 net 0/3] net: add support for flex_array_resize in flex_array

Without the support for the total_nr_elements's growing or shrinking
dynamically, flex_array is not that 'flexible'. Like when users want
to change the size, they have to redo flex_array_alloc and copy all
the elements from the old to the new one.  The worse thing is every
element's memory gets changed.

To implement flex_array_resize based on current code, the difficult
thing is to process the size border of FLEX_ARRAY_BASE_BYTES_LEFT,
where the base data memory may change to an array for the 2nd level
data memory for growing, likewise for shrinking.

To make this part easier, we separate the base data memory and define
suggested.  When new size is crossing the border, the base memory is
allocated as the array for the 2nd level data memory and its part[0]
is pointed to the old base memory, and do the opposite for shrinking.

But it doesn't do any memory allocation or shrinking for elements in
flex_array_resize, as which should be done by flex_array_prealloc or
flex_array_shrink called by users.  No memory leaks can be caused by

SCTP has benefited a lot from flex_array_resize() for managing its
stream memory so far.

  Cc LKML and more developers.

Xin Long (3):
  flex_array: make FLEX_ARRAY_BASE_SIZE the same value of
  flex_array: support flex_array_resize
  sctp: fa_resize sctp stream instead of redo fa_alloc

 include/linux/flex_array.h | 40 ++++++++++-----------
 lib/flex_array.c           | 73 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
 net/sctp/stream.c          | 87 +++++++++++++++++++++-------------------------
 3 files changed, 130 insertions(+), 70 deletions(-)


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