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From: Christoph Lameter <cl@linux.com>
To: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov@parallels.com>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Pekka Enberg <penberg@kernel.org>,
	David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>,
	Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@lge.com>,
	Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>,
	Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH -mm 2/3] slab: zap kmem_cache_shrink return value
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:55:14 -0600 (CST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.11.1501261353480.16786@gentwo.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20150126194838.GB2660@esperanza>

On Mon, 26 Jan 2015, Vladimir Davydov wrote:

> Hmm, why? The return value has existed since this function was
> introduced, but nobody seems to have ever used it outside the slab core.
> Besides, this check is racy, so IMO we shouldn't encourage users of the
> API to rely on it. That said, I believe we should drop the return value
> for now. If anybody ever needs it, we can reintroduce it.

The check is only racy if you have concurrent users. It is not racy if a
subsystem shuts down access to the slabs and then checks if everything is
clean before closing the cache.

Slab creation and destruction are not serialized. It is the responsibility
of the subsystem to make sure that there are no concurrent users and that
there are no objects remaining before destroying a slab.


  reply	other threads:[~2015-01-26 19:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-01-26 12:55 [PATCH -mm 0/3] slub: make dead caches discard free slabs immediately Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 12:55 ` [PATCH -mm 1/3] slub: don't fail kmem_cache_shrink if slab placement optimization fails Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 15:48   ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-26 17:01     ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 18:24       ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-26 19:36         ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 19:53           ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-27 12:58             ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-27 17:02               ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-28 15:00                 ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 12:55 ` [PATCH -mm 2/3] slab: zap kmem_cache_shrink return value Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 15:49   ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-26 17:04     ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 18:26       ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-26 19:48         ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 19:55           ` Christoph Lameter [this message]
2015-01-26 20:16             ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 20:28               ` Christoph Lameter
2015-01-26 20:43                 ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-26 12:55 ` [PATCH -mm 3/3] slub: make dead caches discard free slabs immediately Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-27  8:00   ` Joonsoo Kim
2015-01-27  8:23     ` Vladimir Davydov
2015-01-27  9:21       ` Joonsoo Kim
2015-01-27  9:28         ` Vladimir Davydov

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