Re: [RFC 1/1] fs/reiserfs/journal.c: Remove obsolete __GFP_NOFAIL

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sat Mar 22 2014 - 13:49:30 EST

On Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:32:07 -0400 tytso@xxxxxxx wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 01:26:06PM -0400, tytso@xxxxxxx wrote:
> > > Well. Converting an existing retry-for-ever caller to GFP_NOFAIL is
> > > good. Adding new retry-for-ever code is not good.
> Oh, and BTW --- now that now flags an warning whenever
> GFP_NOFAIL is used

I don't know what the basis for this NOFAIL-is-going-away theory could
have been. What's the point in taking a centrally implemented piece of
logic and splattering its implementation out to tens of different

Obviously I was asleep when I merged that checkpatch change.

From: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: scripts/ __GFP_NOFAIL isn't going away

Revert 7e4915e78992eb ("checkpatch: add warning of future __GFP_NOFAIL use").

There are no plans to remove __GFP_NOFAIL.

__GFP_NOFAIL exists to

a) centralise the retry-allocation-for-ever operation into the core
allocator, which is the appropriate implementation site and

b) permit us to identify code sites which aren't handling memory
exhaustion appropriately.

Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@xxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

scripts/ | 6 ------
1 file changed, 6 deletions(-)

diff -puN scripts/ scripts/
--- a/scripts/
+++ a/scripts/
@@ -4240,12 +4240,6 @@ sub process {
"$1 uses number as first arg, sizeof is generally wrong\n" . $herecurr);

-# check for GFP_NOWAIT use
- if ($line =~ /\b__GFP_NOFAIL\b/) {
- "Use of __GFP_NOFAIL is deprecated, no new users should be added\n" . $herecurr);
- }
# check for multiple semicolons
if ($line =~ /;\s*;\s*$/) {

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