Re: [PATCH v3 28/49] dm zoned: dynamically allocate the dm-zoned-meta shrinker

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On Thu, Jul 27, 2023 at 07:20:46PM +0900, Damien Le Moal wrote:
> On 7/27/23 17:55, Qi Zheng wrote:
> >>>           goto err;
> >>>       }
> >>>   +    zmd->mblk_shrinker->count_objects = dmz_mblock_shrinker_count;
> >>> +    zmd->mblk_shrinker->scan_objects = dmz_mblock_shrinker_scan;
> >>> +    zmd->mblk_shrinker->seeks = DEFAULT_SEEKS;
> >>> +    zmd->mblk_shrinker->private_data = zmd;
> >>> +
> >>> +    shrinker_register(zmd->mblk_shrinker);
> >>
> >> I fail to see how this new shrinker API is better... Why isn't there a
> >> shrinker_alloc_and_register() function ? That would avoid adding all this code
> >> all over the place as the new API call would be very similar to the current
> >> shrinker_register() call with static allocation.
> > 
> > In some registration scenarios, memory needs to be allocated in advance.
> > So we continue to use the previous prealloc/register_prepared()
> > algorithm. The shrinker_alloc_and_register() is just a helper function
> > that combines the two, and this increases the number of APIs that
> > shrinker exposes to the outside, so I choose not to add this helper.
> And that results in more code in many places instead of less code + a simple
> inline helper in the shrinker header file...

It's not just a "simple helper" - it's a function that has to take 6
or 7 parameters with a return value that must be checked and

This was done in the first versions of the patch set - the amount of
code in each caller does not go down and, IMO, was much harder to
read and determine "this is obviously correct" that what we have

> So not adding that super simple
> helper is not exactly the best choice in my opinion.

Each to their own - I much prefer the existing style/API over having
to go look up a helper function every time I want to check some
random shrinker has been set up correctly....

Dave Chinner
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