[PATCH 09/30] mtd: Don't cast kmalloc() return value in drivers/mtd/maps/pmcmsp-flash.c
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Sun Aug 26 10:28:56 EDT 2007
On Sunday 26 August 2007 01:23, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Aug 2007, Jesper Juhl wrote:
> > On 26/08/07, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at mindspring.com> wrote:
> > > i was thinking more along the lines of
> > >
> > > msp_parts[i] = kcalloc(pcnt, sizeof(struct mtd_partition), GFP_KERNEL);
> > >
> > > which was kind of the obvious implication, no?
> > I guess
> > > unless there's a reason kcalloc() wouldn't work here, this is
> > > pretty much what kcalloc() was designed for.
> > When Denys brought up the zeroing thing and mentioned kzalloc() I
> > did consider kcalloc() instead, but kzalloc() makes this allocation
> > nicely look like the preceding ones visually and I couldn't convince
> > myself that kcalloc() would give us any real benefit here.
> > What exactely would using kcalloc() over kzalloc() here buy us?
> technically, nothing.
The idea of calloc is that it can check for underflow in parameter.
calloc(-1, 10000000) => easy to detect
malloc(-1 * 10000000) => malloc(-10000000) => not so trivial
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