Commit 0a9df786 authored by Rasmus Villemoes's avatar Rasmus Villemoes Committed by Linus Torvalds

lib/kasprintf.c: introduce kvasprintf_const

This adds kvasprintf_const which tries to use kstrdup_const if possible:
If the format string contains no % characters, or if the format string is
exactly "%s", we delegate to kstrdup_const.  Otherwise, we fall back to

Just as for kstrdup_const, the main motivation is to save memory by
reusing .rodata when possible.

The return value should be freed by kfree_const, just like for

There is deliberately no kasprintf_const: In the vast majority of cases,
the format string argument is a literal, so one can determine statically
whether one could instead use kstrdup_const directly (which would also
require one to change all corresponding kfree calls to kfree_const).
Signed-off-by: default avatarRasmus Villemoes <>
Cc: Greg KH <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 2cf12f82
......@@ -413,6 +413,8 @@ extern __printf(2, 3)
char *kasprintf(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, ...);
extern __printf(2, 0)
char *kvasprintf(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, va_list args);
extern __printf(2, 0)
const char *kvasprintf_const(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, va_list args);
extern __scanf(2, 3)
int sscanf(const char *, const char *, ...);
......@@ -31,6 +31,22 @@ char *kvasprintf(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, va_list ap)
* If fmt contains no % (or is exactly %s), use kstrdup_const. If fmt
* (or the sole vararg) points to rodata, we will then save a memory
* allocation and string copy. In any case, the return value should be
* freed using kfree_const().
const char *kvasprintf_const(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, va_list ap)
if (!strchr(fmt, '%'))
return kstrdup_const(fmt, gfp);
if (!strcmp(fmt, "%s"))
return kstrdup_const(va_arg(ap, const char*), gfp);
return kvasprintf(gfp, fmt, ap);
char *kasprintf(gfp_t gfp, const char *fmt, ...)
va_list ap;
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