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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v7 01/16] hashtable: introduce a small and naive hashtable



* Sasha Levin (levinsasha928 gmail com) wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM, Mathieu Desnoyers
> <mathieu desnoyers efficios com> wrote:
> > * Sasha Levin (levinsasha928 gmail com) wrote:
> >> On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:29 AM, Mathieu Desnoyers
> >> <mathieu desnoyers efficios com> wrote:
> >> > * Sasha Levin (levinsasha928 gmail com) wrote:
> >> >> +
> >> >> +     for (i = 0; i < sz; i++)
> >> >> +             INIT_HLIST_HEAD(&ht[sz]);
> >> >
> >> > ouch. How did this work ? Has it been tested at all ?
> >> >
> >> > sz -> i
> >>
> >> Funny enough, it works perfectly. Generally as a test I boot the
> >> kernel in a VM and let it fuzz with trinity for a bit, doing that with
> >> the code above worked flawlessly.
> >>
> >> While it works, it's obviously wrong. Why does it work though? Usually
> >> there's a list op happening pretty soon after that which brings the
> >> list into proper state.
> >>
> >> I've been playing with a patch that adds a magic value into list_head
> >> if CONFIG_DEBUG_LIST is set, and checks that magic in the list debug
> >> code in lib/list_debug.c.
> >>
> >> Does it sound like something useful? If so I'll send that patch out.
> >
> > Most of the calls to this initialization function apply it on zeroed
> > memory (static/kzalloc'd...), which makes it useless. I'd actually be in
> > favor of removing those redundant calls (as I pointed out in another
> > email), and document that zeroed memory don't need to be explicitly
> > initialized.
> 
> Why would that make it useless? The idea is that the init functions
> will set the magic field to something random, like:
> 
> .magic = 0xBADBEEF0;
> 
> And have list_add() and friends WARN(.magic != 0xBADBEEF0, "Using an
> uninitialized list\n");
> 
> This way we'll catch all places that don't go through list initialization code.

As I replied to Tejun Heo already, I agree that keeping the
initialization in place makes sense for future-proofness. This intent
should probably be documented in a comment about the initialization
function though, just to make sure nobody will try to skip it.

Thanks,

Mathieu

> 
> 
> Thanks,
> Sasha

-- 
Mathieu Desnoyers
Operating System Efficiency R&D Consultant
EfficiOS Inc.
http://www.efficios.com


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