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From: Greg KH <>
To: "孙世龙 sunshilong" <>
Cc: "Valdis Klētnieks" <>,
Subject: Re: Are there some potential problems that I should be aware of if I allocate the memory which doesn't have any relation to peripheral hardwares(i.e. DMA, PCI, serial port and etc) by vmalloc() instead of kmalloc()?
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 07:23:06 +0200
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On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 01:16:50PM +0800, 孙世龙 sunshilong wrote:
> >So as per the above - you allocate one struct array at driver load time for
> >this stuff.  You already know how big the structure/array has to be based on
> >the maximum number of devices or whatever you're trying to track.
> >And if you don't know the maximum, you're not doing real time programming. Or
> >at least not correctly.
> Not at the driver load time, but the load time of the real-time
> process(i.e. before
> the entry of the main() function). It needs to allocate(i.e. use
> vmalloc) a huge memory
> (i.e. for example 80MB, maybe 50MB (how much memory is suitable is decided by
> the specific applications.) used by the user application later. And
> that's ok to allocate
> so huge memory size by vmalloc() and no error complained by the kernel.

Applications do not allocate kernel memory at all, that's up to a kernel
driver.  Userspace does things in totally different ways.

Again, do you have a pointer to your kernel source code that is doing
this allocation that is failing?


greg k-h

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-26  8:30 孙世龙 sunshilong
2020-06-26 14:13 ` Greg KH
2020-06-26 15:36   ` 孙世龙 sunshilong
2020-06-26 17:22     ` Valdis Klētnieks
2020-06-27  5:16       ` 孙世龙 sunshilong
2020-06-27  5:23         ` Greg KH [this message]
2020-06-27  6:00           ` 孙世龙 sunshilong
2020-06-27  7:05             ` Greg KH
2020-06-27  5:05     ` Greg KH

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