[Line6linux-devel] [PATCH] line6: Use kmemdup rather than duplicating its implementation

Markus Grabner grabner at icg.tugraz.at
Tue Dec 4 21:22:12 UTC 2012


Am Montag, 3. Dezember 2012, 17:34:07 schrieb Stefan Hajnoczi:
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM, Laurent Navet <laurent.navet at gmail.com> 
wrote:
> > staging: line6: driver.c
> > 
> >  The semantic patch that makes this output is available
> >  in scripts/coccinelle/api/memdup.cocci.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Laurent Navet <laurent.navet at gmail.com>
> > ---
> > 
> >  drivers/staging/line6/driver.c |    5 ++---
> >  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> > 
> > diff --git a/drivers/staging/line6/driver.c
> > b/drivers/staging/line6/driver.c index f5c19b2..e1d6241 100644
> > --- a/drivers/staging/line6/driver.c
> > +++ b/drivers/staging/line6/driver.c
> > @@ -331,14 +331,13 @@ int line6_version_request_async(struct usb_line6
> > *line6)> 
> >         char *buffer;
> >         int retval;
> > 
> > -       buffer = kmalloc(sizeof(line6_request_version), GFP_ATOMIC);
> > +       buffer = kmemdup(line6_request_version,
> > +                       sizeof(line6_request_version), GFP_ATOMIC);
> > 
> >         if (buffer == NULL) {
> >         
> >                 dev_err(line6->ifcdev, "Out of memory");
> >                 return -ENOMEM;
> >         
> >         }
> > 
> > -       memcpy(buffer, line6_request_version,
> > sizeof(line6_request_version)); -
> > 
> >         retval = line6_send_raw_message_async(line6, buffer,
> >         
> >                                               sizeof(line6_request_version
> >                                               ));
> >         
> >         kfree(buffer);
> > 
> > --
> > 1.7.10.4
> 
> Your change is fine but I'm not sure whether we should allocate memory
> in the first place:
I can't remember the precise reason for this copy operation, it was related to 
which type of memory is allowed for a URB data block, and memory declared with 
"static const char[]" at global scope in the driver is not allowed. I just 
verified on my system (kernel 3.4.11) that requesting the device's firmware 
version doesn't work when passing the line6_request_version pointer directly 
(instead of its kmemdup copy), so I think the kmemdup is necessary here. It's 
a bit unsatisfactory to make a copy just because the original data is not 
accessible for whatever reason, but I don't know of a better solution. Maybe 
somebody else can clarify this or propose an alternative method?

	Kind regards,
		Markus




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