Re: [PATCH linux-kselftest/test v4] lib/list-test: add a test for the 'list' doubly linked list

From: Brendan Higgins
Date: Wed Oct 23 2019 - 17:26:03 EST

On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 3:13 PM David Gow <davidgow@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 1:27 AM Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 02:55:49PM -0700, David Gow wrote:
> > > + list4 = kzalloc(sizeof(*list4), GFP_KERNEL);
> > > + KUNIT_ASSERT_NOT_ERR_OR_NULL(test, list4);
> >
> > Why not just use GFP_KERNEL | GFP_NOFAIL and remove the check?
> I've sent a new version of the patch out (v5) which uses __GFP_NOFAIL instead.
> The idea had been to exercise KUnit's assertion functionality, in the
> hope that it'd allow the test to fail (but potentially allow other
> tests to still run) in the case of allocation failure. Given that
> we're only allocating enough to store ~4 pointers in total, though,
> that's probably of little use.
> > kzalloc() can't return error pointers. If this were an IS_ERR_OR_NULL()
> > check then it would generate a static checker warning, but static
> > checkers don't know about KUNIT_ASSERT_NOT_ERR_OR_NULL() yet so you're
> > safe.
> Alas, KUnit doesn't have a KUNIT_ASSERT_NOT_NULL() macro, and I'd
> assumed it was not dangerous (even if not ideal) to check for error
> pointers, even if kzalloc() can't return them.

Maybe it would be good for us (not in this case, just generally
speaking) to add a KUNIT_ASSERT_NOT_NULL() and friends?

> Perhaps it'd make sense to add a convenient way of checking the
> NULL-ness of pointers to KUnit (it's possible with the
> KUNIT_ASSERT_PTR_EQ(), but requires a bit of casting to make the type
> checker happy) in the future. Once KUnit is properly upstream, it may
> be worth teaching the static analysis tools about these functions to
> avoid having warnings in these sorts of tests.
> For now, though, (and for this test in particular), I agree with the
> suggestion of just using __GFP_NOFAIL.
> Thanks a lot for the comments,
> -- David