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

Jens Axboe axboe at fb.com
Sun Mar 8 02:03:30 CET 2015

On 03/07/2015 05:53 PM, David Rientjes wrote:
> 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 

Uhm, it would make sense, though.

> 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.

I forgot we don't have the size in there. Then I would suggest adding a
WARN_ON() for __GFP_ZERO being set in mempool_alloc(), at the very least.

Jens Axboe

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