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Date:   Tue, 02 Apr 2019 10:40:30 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH bpf-next] kbuild: add ability to generate BTF type info
 for vmlinux

From: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2019 09:49:50 -0700

> From: Andrii Nakryiko <>
> This patch adds new config option to trigger generation of BTF type
> information from DWARF debuginfo for vmlinux and kernel modules through
> pahole, which in turn relies on libbpf for btf_dedup() algorithm.
> The intent is to record compact type information of all types used
> inside kernel, including all the structs/unions/typedefs/etc. This
> enables BPF's compile-once-run-everywhere ([0]) approach, in which
> tracing programs that are inspecting kernel's internal data (e.g.,
> struct task_struct) can be compiled on a system running some kernel
> version, but would be possible to run on other kernel versions (and
> configurations) without recompilation, even if the layout of structs
> changed and/or some of the fields were added, removed, or renamed.
> This is only possible if BPF loader can get kernel type info to adjust
> all the offsets correctly. This patch is a first time in this direction,
> making sure that BTF type info is part of Linux kernel image in
> non-loadable ELF section.
> BTF deduplication ([1]) algorithm typically provides 100x savings
> compared to DWARF data, so resulting .BTF section is not big as is
> typically about 2MB in size.
> [0]
> [1]
> Signed-off-by: Andrii Nakryiko <>

Acked-by: David S. Miller <>

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