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SubjectRe: [PATCH] xen/debugfs: Check debugfs initialization before using it
On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM, Greg KH <> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 08, 2013 at 07:31:02PM +0800, ethan.zhao wrote:
>> Should check debugfs initialization with debugfs_initialized() before using it,
>> Because if it isn't initialized, the return value of fake debugfs_create_dir() etc
>> functions would be ERR_PTR(-ENODEV), checking with NULL will not work.
> So? It should "just work" without this check, right? What happens if
> your patch isn't applied and debugfs isn't enabled?

If debugfs isn't configured, debugfs_initialized() and other
functions are defined as following,

static inline bool debugfs_initialized(void)
return false;

static inline struct dentry *debugfs_create_file(const char *name, umode_t mode,
struct dentry *parent, void *data,
const struct file_operations *fops)
return ERR_PTR(-ENODEV);

static inline struct dentry *debugfs_create_dir(const char *name,
struct dentry *parent)
return ERR_PTR(-ENODEV);

And the checking code in xen\debugfs.c xen_init_debugfs() will not
work, the return value is not NULL.
d_xen_debug = debugfs_create_dir("xen", NULL);

if (!d_xen_debug)
pr_warning("Could not create 'xen' debugfs directory\n");
> greg k-h
>> Signed-off-by: ethan.zhao <>
> Please put your "real" name here, not one with a '.' in it.

The real name used in company is, but I
couldn't send and receive mails of
community with that mailbox for some reason you may know.


> thanks,
> greg k-h

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