Re: [RFC][PATCH 2/9] deadlock prevention core

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Thu Aug 10 2006 - 22:35:00 EST

Thomas Graf wrote:

skb->dev is not guaranteed to still point to the "allocating" device
once the skb is freed again so reserve/unreserve isn't symmetric.
You'd need skb->alloc_dev or something.

There's another consequence of this property of the network

Every network interface must be able to fall back to these
MEMALLOC allocations, because the memory critical socket
could be on another network interface. Hence, we cannot
know which network interfaces should (not) be marked MEMALLOC.

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Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan
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