[PATCH] slab: document kzfree() zeroing behavior

From: Pekka J Enberg
Date: Sun May 31 2009 - 06:50:54 EST

From: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

As suggested by Alan Cox, document the fact that kzfree() can zero out a great
deal more memory than the what the user requested from kmalloc().

Cc: Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
mm/util.c | 4 ++++
1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/util.c b/mm/util.c
index 55bef16..e79572b 100644
--- a/mm/util.c
+++ b/mm/util.c
@@ -166,6 +166,10 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(krealloc);
* The memory of the object @p points to is zeroed before freed.
* If @p is %NULL, kzfree() does nothing.
+ *
+ * Note: this function zeroes the whole allocated buffer which can be a good
+ * deal bigger than the requested buffer size passed to kmalloc(). So be
+ * careful when using this function in performance sensitive code.
void kzfree(const void *p)

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