[PATCH 3.2 084/152] virtio_pci: document why we defer kfree
From: Ben Hutchings
Date: Mon Feb 16 2015 - 21:12:55 EST
3.2.67-rc1 review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
From: "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
commit a1eb03f546d651a8f39c7d0692b1f7f5b4e7e3cd upstream.
The reason we defer kfree until release function is because it's a
general rule for kobjects: kfree of the reference counter itself is only
legal in the release function.
Previous patch didn't make this clear, document this in code.
Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
[bwh: Backported to 3.2: adjust filename]
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/virtio/virtio_pci.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
@@ -615,6 +615,9 @@ static void virtio_pci_release_dev(struc
struct virtio_device *vdev = dev_to_virtio(_d);
struct virtio_pci_device *vp_dev = to_vp_device(vdev);
+ /* As struct device is a kobject, it's not safe to
+ * free the memory (including the reference counter itself)
+ * until it's release callback. */
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