[RFC][PATCH] flexible array implementation v3

KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com
Thu Jul 23 07:48:11 PDT 2009

Dave Hansen wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-07-23 at 10:44 +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:

>> The caller can't know whether
>>  - there are no entry or
>>  - NULL(0) is stored at the array.
>> Then, he has to check gotten value is valid or not by himself.
> I think you may be reading this bit wrong.  Either that, or I badly
> miscoded it. :)  The flex_array_get() code should returns NULL in cases
> of error or the *address* of the data element.  It will actually return
> an address pointing into the second-level page.
> NULL's two meaning here are:
> 1. No element was ever put() here and thus there's no data page
> 2. Your index was out of bounds
> (1) is a little fuzzy here.  It of course doesn't absolutely guarantee
> that no put() was done since we just use the data page's existence to
> tell.  This is certainly no worse than a normal C array would be,
> though.
ok, maybe not necessary to handle.

>> Can't we return -ENOENT here(especially when prealloc() is called) ?
>> But ah, anyway, all-zero elements in allocated array exists ;(
>> and the user can get value from an entry never be put.
>> If we can fill the first 4bytes of _unused_ index by some magic code
>> like this
>> #define FLEX_ARRAY_UNUSED_MAGIC		(0xa5a5a5a5)
>> (if maintaining bitmap/status of usage is nonsense)
>> and flex_array_get() can return -ENOENT, the users will feel easy.
>> Overprotection ;) ?
> I intentionally didn't use kzalloc() for the data pages.  I figured that
> users will either initialize it themselves or pass in __GFP_ZERO.  I've
> added a comment to clarify this.

sorry for noise.
I just felt that this code expects users know all they really do.
As said, seems nice :) thank you.

Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com>

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