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[lvm-devel] [PATCH] Use direct memory allocation instead of memory pool during PV analysis (pvck)



There's a very high memory usage when calling _pv_analyse_mda_raw (e.g. while
executing pvck) that can end up with "out of memory".

_pv_analyse_mda_raw scans for metadata in the MDA, iteratively increasing the
size to scan with SECTOR_SIZE until we find a probable config section or we're
at the edge of the metadata area. However, when using a memory pool, we're also
iteratively chasing for bigger and bigger mempool chunk which can't be found
and so we're always allocating a new one, consuming more a more memory...
(Even a 2MB metadata area can bring pvck down on my test machine!)

This patch just changes the mempool to direct memory allocation in this
problematic part of the code.

Peter
---
 lib/format_text/format-text.c |    6 +++---
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lib/format_text/format-text.c b/lib/format_text/format-text.c
index 4a025b2..513ac96 100644
--- a/lib/format_text/format-text.c
+++ b/lib/format_text/format-text.c
@@ -226,7 +226,7 @@ static int _pv_analyze_mda_raw (const struct format_type * fmt,
 		 * "maybe_config_section" returning true when there's no valid
 		 * metadata in a sector (sectors with all nulls).
 		 */
-		if (!(buf = dm_pool_alloc(fmt->cmd->mem, size + size2)))
+		if (!(buf = dm_malloc(size + size2)))
 			goto_out;
 
 		if (!dev_read_circular(area->dev, offset, size,
@@ -261,14 +261,14 @@ static int _pv_analyze_mda_raw (const struct format_type * fmt,
 				size += SECTOR_SIZE;
 			}
 		}
-		dm_pool_free(fmt->cmd->mem, buf);
+		dm_free(buf);
 		buf = NULL;
 	}
 
 	r = 1;
  out:
 	if (buf)
-		dm_pool_free(fmt->cmd->mem, buf);
+		dm_free(buf);
 	if (!dev_close(area->dev))
 		stack;
 	return r;


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