[Drbd-dev] [patch 1/2] block, drbd: fix drbd_req_new() initialization

David Rientjes rientjes at google.com
Sun Mar 8 01:53:20 CET 2015

On Sat, 7 Mar 2015, Jens Axboe wrote:

> > mempool_alloc() does not support __GFP_ZERO since elements may come from
> > memory that has already been released by mempool_free().
> > 
> > Remove __GFP_ZERO from mempool_alloc() in drbd_req_new() and properly
> > initialize it to 0.
> You should add it to mempool instead, avoid having this issue show up for
> other folks as well. It'd be trivial to do. Normal ->alloc() should honor
> __GFP_ZERO, just do the same manually for removing an item from the internal
> pool.

Umm, it's not trivial to do and wouldn't make sense to do it.  Mempools 
don't know the element size, in other words it wouldn't know the length to 
memset() to 0 for mempool_alloc().  It shouldn't be modified to know the 
element size since elements are allocated by the implementation of 
mempool_alloc_t and they could easily become inconsistent.  This patch is 
what you want to merge, really.

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