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Date:   Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:57:25 -0700
From:   Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@...il.com>
To:     Stanislav Fomichev <sdf@...gle.com>
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, bpf@...r.kernel.org, davem@...emloft.net,
        ast@...nel.org, daniel@...earbox.net,
        Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH bpf] bpf: Support llvm-objcopy for vmlinux BTF

On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 03:25:18PM -0700, Stanislav Fomichev wrote:
> Commit da5fb18225b4 ("bpf: Support pre-2.25-binutils objcopy for vmlinux
> BTF") switched from --dump-section to
> --only-section/--change-section-address for BTF export assuming
> those ("legacy") options should cover all objcopy versions.
> 
> Turns out llvm-objcopy doesn't implement --change-section-address [1],
> but it does support --dump-section. Let's partially roll back and
> try to use --dump-section first and fall back to
> --only-section/--change-section-address for the older binutils.
> 
> 1. https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=45217
> 
> Fixes: df786c9b9476 ("bpf: Force .BTF section start to zero when dumping from vmlinux")
> Tested-by: Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>
> Reported-by: Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@...il.com>
> Link: https://github.com/ClangBuiltLinux/linux/issues/871
> Signed-off-by: Stanislav Fomichev <sdf@...gle.com>
> ---
>  scripts/link-vmlinux.sh | 10 ++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh b/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> index dd484e92752e..8ddf57cbc439 100755
> --- a/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> +++ b/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> @@ -127,6 +127,16 @@ gen_btf()
>  		cut -d, -f1 | cut -d' ' -f2)
>  	bin_format=$(LANG=C ${OBJDUMP} -f ${1} | grep 'file format' | \
>  		awk '{print $4}')
> +
> +	# Compatibility issues:
> +	# - pre-2.25 binutils objcopy doesn't support --dump-section
> +	# - llvm-objcopy doesn't support --change-section-address, but
> +	#   does support --dump-section
> +	#
> +	# Try to use --dump-section which should cover both recent
> +	# binutils and llvm-objcopy and fall back to --only-section
> +	# for pre-2.25 binutils.
> +	${OBJCOPY} --dump-section .BTF=$bin_file ${1} 2>/dev/null || \
>  	${OBJCOPY} --change-section-address .BTF=0 \
>  		--set-section-flags .BTF=alloc -O binary \
>  		--only-section=.BTF ${1} .btf.vmlinux.bin
> -- 
> 2.25.1.481.gfbce0eb801-goog
> 

Hi Stanislav,

Thank you for the patch! This is targeting the bpf tree but it uses the
bin_file variable that comes from commit af73d78bd384 ("kbuild: Remove
debug info from kallsyms linking") in the bpf-next tree. In this form,
when applied to mainline, the first command fails because $bin_file
doesn't exist and falls back to the second command, which results in no
net change for llvm-objcopy.

When manually applied to next-20200316 or applied to mainline with
$bin_file replaced with .btf.vmlinux.bin, x86_64 and aarch64 successfully
 generate BTF with tip of tree llvm-objcopy.

Tested-by: Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@...il.com>

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