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Date:   Wed, 7 Oct 2020 17:10:21 -0700
From:   Andrii Nakryiko <>
To:     <>, <>, <>,
CC:     <>, <>,
        Luka Perkov <>,
        Tony Ambardar <>
Subject: [PATCH v3 bpf-next 1/4] libbpf: skip CO-RE relocations for not loaded BPF programs

Bypass CO-RE relocations step for BPF programs that are not going to be
loaded. This allows to have BPF programs compiled in and disabled dynamically
if kernel is not supposed to provide enough relocation information. In such
case, there won't be unnecessary warnings about failed relocations.

Fixes: d929758101fc ("libbpf: Support disabling auto-loading BPF programs")
Signed-off-by: Andrii Nakryiko <>
 tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c b/tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c
index faec389c4849..07d62771472f 100644
--- a/tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c
+++ b/tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c
@@ -5765,6 +5765,11 @@ bpf_object__relocate_core(struct bpf_object *obj, const char *targ_btf_path)
 				err = -EINVAL;
 				goto out;
+			/* no need to apply CO-RE relocation if the program is
+			 * not going to be loaded
+			 */
+			if (!prog->load)
+				continue;
 			err = bpf_core_apply_relo(prog, rec, i, obj->btf,
 						  targ_btf, cand_cache);

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