Re: [PATCH] tegra_wm9712: Fix a memory leaking bug in tegra_wm9712_driver_probe()

From: Jon Hunter
Date: Fri May 24 2019 - 11:40:00 EST

On 24/05/2019 16:00, Gen Zhang wrote:
> On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 03:47:34PM +0100, Jon Hunter wrote:
>> On 24/05/2019 15:33, Gen Zhang wrote:
>>> On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 09:33:13AM +0100, Jon Hunter wrote:
>>>> On 24/05/2019 01:50, Gen Zhang wrote:
>>>>> In tegra_wm9712_driver_probe(), 'machine->codec' is allocated by
>>>>> platform_device_alloc(). When it is NULL, function returns ENOMEM.
>>>>> However, 'machine' is allocated by devm_kzalloc() before this site.
>>>>> Thus we should free 'machine' before function ends to prevent memory
>>>>> leaking.
>>>> Memory allocated by devm_xxx() is automatically freed on failure so this
>>>> is not correct.
>>> Thanks for your comments, Jon. But after I examined the code, I am still
>>> confused about the usage of devm_kmalloc(). You can kindly refer to
>>> hisi_sas_debugfs_init() in drivers/scsi/hisi_sas/hisi_sas_main.c. And
>>> devm_kfree() is used to free a memory allocated by devm_kmalloc(). And
>>> I found other situations similar to this in other files.
>>> So, I hope you can give me some guidance on this. Thanks!
>> Please refer to the devres documentation [0].
>> Cheers,
>> Jon
>> [0]
>> --
>> nvpublic
> Thanks for your reply. I figured out that devm_kmalloc will free the
> memory no matter fail or not. But I still want to ask why other codes
> as I above mentioned use devm_kfree() to free memory allocated by
> devm_kmalloc(). If the memory is automatically freed, is this
> devm_kfee() redundant codes that should be removed? Am I
> misunderstanding this again or it is something else?

There could well be cases where you need to explicitly call
devm_kfree(), but having a quick glance at the example above, I don't
see why you would call devm_kfree() here and yes looks like that code
could be simplified significantly. Notice that hisi_sas_debugfs_exit()
does not free any memory as it is not necessary to explicitly do so.