Re: [patch -next] FMC: NULL dereference on allocation failure

From: Joe Perches
Date: Wed Jun 19 2013 - 14:09:34 EST

On Wed, 2013-06-19 at 19:57 +0200, Alessandro Rubini wrote:
> >> + arr->record = kzalloc(sizeof(arr->record[0]) * n, GFP_KERNEL);
> >> + arr->subtree = kzalloc(sizeof(arr->subtree[0]) * n, GFP_KERNEL);
> > n comes from the hardware no?
> Yes. Length of hardware description array.
> > Maybe make these kcalloc too.
> I'm not a fan of kcalloc. I think it removes readability. I remeber
> kernel patches to swap the arguments, because people get them wrong.

kcalloc's sole benefit is multiplication overflow protection.
If sizes are small and known, kcalloc isn't particularly useful.

Those kcalloc arg swap patches were just for style with no net effect.

> Even Kernighan said it was a design error (in "the practice of
> programming"). That said, I'm not the leader here.

I think the real design pattern error was realloc()

Anyway, no worries...

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