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Date:	Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:09 +0200
From:	Daniel Borkmann <>
To:	Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
CC:	Alexei Starovoitov <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net: filter: rename 'struct sk_filter' to 'struct

On 07/25/2014 01:54 PM, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 01:25:35PM +0200, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
>> [ also Cc'ing Willem, Pablo ]
>> On 07/25/2014 10:04 AM, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
>>> 'sk_filter' name is used as 'struct sk_filter', function sk_filter() and
>>> as variable 'sk_filter', which makes code hard to read.
>>> Also it's easily confused with 'struct sock_filter'
>>> Rename 'struct sk_filter' to 'struct bpf_prog' to clarify semantics and
>>> align the name with generic BPF use model.
>> Agreed, as we went for kernel/bpf/, renaming makes absolutely sense.
> My nft socket filtering changes are accomodated into struct sk_filter,
> and will still be, so I still need some generic name there...

All the parts from filter.c which is BPF's core engine have been moved
into kernel/bpf/ to get it ready for tracing et al, since there is not
always a socket context anymore. The *whole* infrastructure around struct
sk_filter is [e]BPF and used in non-net related contexts as well, whereas
nft socket filtering is *only* for sockets. Due to the socket-only specific
use case why doesn't it make more sense to have a union in struct sock
around sk_filter (or however we name it) and only allow one of the two
being loaded on a socket?
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