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Date:   Sun, 10 May 2020 10:04:21 -0700
From:   Yonghong Song <>
To:     Alexei Starovoitov <>
CC:     Andrii Nakryiko <>, bpf <>,
        Martin KaFai Lau <>,
        Network Development <>,
        Alexei Starovoitov <>,
        Daniel Borkmann <>,
        Kernel Team <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH bpf-next v4 16/21] tools/libbpf: add bpf_iter support

On 5/10/20 9:09 AM, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
> On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 10:07 PM Yonghong Song <> wrote:
>> On 5/9/20 5:35 PM, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
>>> On Sat, May 09, 2020 at 10:59:17AM -0700, Yonghong Song wrote:
>>>> @@ -6891,6 +6897,7 @@ static int bpf_object__collect_st_ops_relos(struct bpf_object *obj,
>>>>    #define BTF_TRACE_PREFIX "btf_trace_"
>>>>    #define BTF_LSM_PREFIX "bpf_lsm_"
>>>> +#define BTF_ITER_PREFIX "__bpf_iter__"
>>>>    #define BTF_MAX_NAME_SIZE 128
>>> In the kernel source the prefix doesn't stand out, but on libbpf side it looks
>>> inconsistent. May be drop __ prefix and keep one _ in the suffix?
>> Currently, I have context type as
>>      struct bpf_iter__bpf_map
>> Based on the above proposal, we will have function name as
>>      bpf_iter_bpf_map
>> It is quite similar to each other. My current usage to have
>>       __bpf_iter__bpf_map
>> intends to make func name and struct type name quite different.
>> Or maybe
>>       bpf_iter__bpf_map vs. bpf_iter_bpf_map
>> just fine as user should not care about func name
>> bpf_iter_bpf_map at all?
> Type names bpf_iter_bpf_map and bpf_iter_foo don't look
> unique, but I don't see why they should.
> If code really required type name uniqueness __bpf_iter__ prefix
> wouldn't provide that property anyway.
> I think bpf_iter_ falls into the same category of prefixes like
> those used by lsm, trace, struct_ops. Or I could be missing
> why iter has to be different.

I will change to bpf_iter_ prefix then. This is hidden from
user anyway.

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