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authorLi Zefan <lizefan@huawei.com>2014-04-03 14:46:27 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2014-04-03 16:20:50 -0700
commitc89da70c7360294e715df5abd4b7239db3274c86 (patch)
treeb7b8107c361f84f5ca2a27f1a2c6542e60154630 /Documentation
parentdc9b3f424903f7d6992778b69b1e35d864914ae5 (diff)
kmemleak: allow freeing internal objects after kmemleak was disabled
Currently if kmemleak is disabled, the kmemleak objects can never be freed, no matter if it's disabled by a user or due to fatal errors. Those objects can be a big waste of memory. OBJS ACTIVE USE OBJ SIZE SLABS OBJ/SLAB CACHE SIZE NAME 1200264 1197433 99% 0.30K 46164 26 369312K kmemleak_object With this patch, after kmemleak was disabled you can reclaim memory with: # echo clear > /sys/kernel/debug/kmemleak Also inform users about this with a printk. Signed-off-by: Li Zefan <lizefan@huawei.com> Acked-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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1 files changed, 14 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/kmemleak.txt b/Documentation/kmemleak.txt
index b6e39739a36..6c18be97f3d 100644
--- a/Documentation/kmemleak.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kmemleak.txt
@@ -53,7 +53,8 @@ Memory scanning parameters can be modified at run-time by writing to the
(default 600, 0 to stop the automatic scanning)
scan - trigger a memory scan
clear - clear list of current memory leak suspects, done by
- marking all current reported unreferenced objects grey
+ marking all current reported unreferenced objects grey,
+ or free all kmemleak objects if kmemleak has been disabled.
dump=<addr> - dump information about the object found at <addr>
Kmemleak can also be disabled at boot-time by passing "kmemleak=off" on
@@ -120,6 +121,18 @@ Then as usual to get your report with:
# cat /sys/kernel/debug/kmemleak
+Freeing kmemleak internal objects
+To allow access to previosuly found memory leaks after kmemleak has been
+disabled by the user or due to an fatal error, internal kmemleak objects
+won't be freed when kmemleak is disabled, and those objects may occupy
+a large part of physical memory.
+In this situation, you may reclaim memory with:
+ # echo clear > /sys/kernel/debug/kmemleak
Kmemleak API