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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] mm, bootmem: panic in bootmem alloc functions even if slab is available
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On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM, David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Dec 2012, Pekka Enberg wrote:
>
>> On Sun, 23 Dec 2012, Sasha Levin wrote:
>> >> diff --git a/mm/bootmem.c b/mm/bootmem.c
>> >> index 1324cd7..198a92f 100644
>> >> --- a/mm/bootmem.c
>> >> +++ b/mm/bootmem.c
>> >> @@ -763,9 +763,6 @@ void * __init ___alloc_bootmem_node(pg_data_t *pgdat, unsigned long size,
>> >> void * __init __alloc_bootmem_node(pg_data_t *pgdat, unsigned long size,
>> >> unsigned long align, unsigned long goal)
>> >> {
>> >> - if (WARN_ON_ONCE(slab_is_available()))
>> >> - return kzalloc_node(size, GFP_NOWAIT, pgdat->node_id);
>> >> -
>> >> return ___alloc_bootmem_node(pgdat, size, align, goal, 0);
>> >> }
>>
>> I'm not sure what Sasha's patch is trying to do here but the fall-back
>> is there simply to let the caller know it's calling the bootmem
>> allocator *too late*. That is, the slab allocator is already up and
>> running so you're expected to use that.
>>
>
> The __alloc_bootmem_node() variant is intended to panic rather than return
> NULL so there are callers that do not check the return value. I'm
> suggesting rather than removing the fallback to the slab allocator to
> check the return value and panic() here if kzalloc_node() returns NULL.
> The __alloc_bootmem_node_nopanic() variant needs not be changed.

Makes sense. Dropping the fallback completely just makes it more
difficult to find early boot bugs where the bootmem allocator is
called too late.


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