Re: [Outreachy kernel] [RFC PATCH] staging: unisys: visorhba: Convert module from IDR to XArray
From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Mon Apr 26 2021 - 09:29:58 EST
On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 03:14:42PM +0200, Fabio M. De Francesco wrote:
> > > - int id;
> > > - unsigned long flags;
> > >
> > > - idr_preload(GFP_KERNEL);
> > > - spin_lock_irqsave(lock, flags);
> > > - id = idr_alloc(idrtable, p, 1, INT_MAX, GFP_NOWAIT);
> > > - spin_unlock_irqrestore(lock, flags);
> > > - idr_preload_end();
> > > - /* failure */
> > > - if (id < 0)
> > > - return 0;
> > > - /* idr_alloc() guarantees > 0 */
> > > - return (unsigned int)(id);
> > And it shouldn't be using GFP_NOWAIT, but GFP_KERNEL, like the IDR code
> > used to do.
> I'm not sure to understand why idr_preload() uses GFP_KERNEL and instead
> idr_alloc() uses GFP_NOWAIT. I'd better read anew the documentation of the
> above-mentioned functions
If you're holding a spinlock, you can't do a GFP_KERNEL allocation,
because it can sleep, and sleeping while holding a spinlock isn't allowed.
The IDR and radix tree have an approach where you first preallocate
memory using GFP_KERNEL and then use GFP_NOWAIT or GFP_ATOMIC after
you've taken the spinlock. XArray doesn't do that; it takes the spinlock
and does a GFP_NOWAIT allocation. If it fails, it drops the spinlock,
allocates the memory using GFP_KERNEL, and retries.
> This will not be anymore a problem when I'll restore the use of one namespace
> per HBA. It's correct?
> > More generally, the IDR required you call idr_destroy() to avoid leaking
> > preallocated memory. I changed that, but there are still many drivers
> > that have unnecessary calls to idr_destroy(). It's good form to just
> > delete them and not turn them into calls to xa_destroy().
> This one is a bit obscure to me. I have to look into it more carefully. Maybe
> I'll ask for some further help.
The IDR used to have a per-idr preallocation, so you had to destroy it
in order to make sure they were freed. I got rid of that about five
years ago because most IDR users weren't calling idr_destroy().