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Date:   Thu, 23 Sep 2021 21:39:43 +0900
From:   Masami Hiramatsu <>
To:     Steven Rostedt <>
Cc:     Jiri Olsa <>,
        Alan Maguire <>,
        Masami Hiramatsu <>,
        Sven Schnelle <>,,
Subject: [RFC PATCH] tracing: BTF testing for kprobe-events

Hi Steve,

Here I share my testing patch of the BTF for kprobe events.
Currently this only allow user to specify '$$args' for
tracing all arguments of the function. This is only
avaialbe if
- the probe point is on the function entry
- the kernel is compiled with BTF (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF)
- the kernel is enables BPF (CONFIG_BPF_SYSCALL)

And Special thanks to Sven! Most of BTF handling part of
this patch comes from his patch [1]


What I thought while coding this were;
- kernel/bpf/btf.c can be moved under lib/ so that
  the other subsystems can reuse it, independent
  from BPF. (Also, this should depends on CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF)
- some more utility functions can be exposed.
  e.g. I copied btf_type_int() from btf.c
- If there are more comments for the BTF APIs, it will
  be more useful...
- Overall, the BTF is easy to understand for who
  already understand DWARF. Great work!
- I think I need 'ptr' and 'bool' types for fetcharg types.

Anyway, this is just for testing. I have to add some
more cleanup, features and documentations, etc.

Thank you,


Masami Hiramatsu (1):
      tracing/kprobe: Support $$args for function entry

 kernel/trace/trace_kprobe.c |   60 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 kernel/trace/trace_probe.c  |  105 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 kernel/trace/trace_probe.h  |    5 ++
 3 files changed, 168 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

Masami Hiramatsu (Linaro) <>

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