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

From: Pekka Enberg
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 00:45:26 EST

Hi Paul,

Paul Mundt wrote:
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.

Well, we should really be calling ksize() in the nommu case and although Matt and Christoph don't seem to agree with me here, I'd much rather have *all* allocators set PageSlab for all the pages they return (yes, including pass-through ones) to get us back where we were with SLAB. We currently don't have any means to see whether an arbitrary page is part of the slab or not and I'd argue that's PageSlab is an established API (that makes sense).

Furthermore, if ksize() in SLOB doesn't work for kmem_cache_alloc() pages, I think it should be fixed as well.

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