Re: [RFC/PATCH 1/3] SLAB: Add PageSlab checking to ksize()

From: Paul Mundt
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 00:36:31 EST

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 07:21:48AM +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> Christoph Lameter wrote:
> >>That's probably due to the fact that we use PageSlab for all pages with
> >>SLUB
> >>and for bigblock pages in SLOB with this patch. Christoph, Matt, any
> >>suggestions how to fix the PageSlab check in nommu btw?
> >
> >I already posted a patch and commented numerous times. What else needs
> >to be said? SLUB only uses PageSlab for kmalloc <=4kb.
> (I missed your patch, btw.)
> For SLOB, we will never use ksize() as it doesn't set PageSlab. Is that
> not a problem?
That means that kobjsize() will hand back PAGE_SIZE for non-compound
pages, which is what it's presently doing anyways. In the case of SLOB
bigblock pages allocated on pass-through to the page allocator, these are
compound pages anyways, so compound_page() should do the right thing
there? That only handles the kmalloc() path though, and not the
kmem_cache_alloc() cases.

Shouldn't SLOB's PageSlab usage should mimic that of SLUB in this case
instead? PG_slab doesn't buy us much if we can already sort out the size
through compound_order(), it's the kmem_cache_alloc() and <= PAGE_SIZE
kmalloc()'s where __GFP_COMP isn't true and where PG_slab should be set.
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