Re: [PATCH v2 4/8] zram: use crypto api to check alg availability

From: Sergey Senozhatsky
Date: Tue May 31 2016 - 23:17:43 EST

On (06/01/16 11:27), Minchan Kim wrote:
> > > So, if we do 'cat /sys/block/zram0/comp_algorithm", every crypto modules
> > > in the backend array are loaded in memory and not unloaded until admin
> > > executes rmmod? Right?
> >
> > yes, I think so.
> It scares me. Common case, except one we choosed, every loaded modules
> will be not used. I think it's really not good. Although the wastage
> might be not big now, it will be heavy as crypto comp modules are
> increased.

well... if you have those modules enabled then you somehow expect
them to be loaded at some point, if not by zram, then by something
else (networking, etc.). /* not speaking of the systems that have
those modules built-in */ I'm not saying that what we have is
optimal, of course, but it's not so senseless at the same time.

> What do you think about it?

I can do something like this:

diff --git a/drivers/block/zram/zcomp.c b/drivers/block/zram/zcomp.c
index 1a4bd20..9b704cc 100644
--- a/drivers/block/zram/zcomp.c
+++ b/drivers/block/zram/zcomp.c
@@ -20,10 +20,18 @@

static const char * const backends[] = {

so both BUILTIN and BUILT-AS-A-MODULE cases are handled at compile
time now and we can avoid crypto_has_comp() checks for most of the
comp_algorithm calls, except for the case when someone requests an
out-of-tree module.