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Date:   Tue,  3 Aug 2021 22:23:13 +0100
From:   Alan Maguire <>
Cc:,,,,,,,,, Alan Maguire <>
Subject: [PATCH bpf-next 0/3] tools: ksnoop: tracing kernel function entry/return with argument/return value display

Recent functionality added to libbpf [1] enables typed display of kernel
data structures; here that functionality is exploited to provide a
simple example of how a tracer can support deep argument/return value
inspection.  The intent is to provide a demonstration of these features
to help facilitate tracer adoption, while also providing a tool which
can be useful for kernel debugging.

Changes since RFC [2]:

- In the RFC version, kernel data structures were string-ified in
  BPF program context vi bpf_snprintf_btf(); Alexei pointed out that
  it would be better to dump memory to userspace and let the
  interpretation happen there.  btf_dump__dump_type_data() in libbpf
  now supports this (Alexei, patch 1)
- Added the "stack mode" specification where we trace a specific set
  of functions being called in order (though not necessarily directly).
  This mode of tracing is useful when debugging issues with a specific
  stack signature.


Alan Maguire (3):
  tools: ksnoop: kernel argument/return value tracing/display using BTF
  tools: ksnoop: document ksnoop tracing of entry/return with value
  tools: ksnoop: add .gitignore

 tools/bpf/Makefile                        |  20 +-
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/.gitignore               |   1 +
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Documentation/Makefile   |  58 ++
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Documentation/ksnoop.rst | 173 ++++++
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Makefile                 | 107 ++++
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.bpf.c             | 391 +++++++++++++
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.c                 | 890 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.h                 | 103 ++++
 8 files changed, 1738 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/.gitignore
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Documentation/Makefile
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Documentation/ksnoop.rst
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/Makefile
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.bpf.c
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.c
 create mode 100644 tools/bpf/ksnoop/ksnoop.h


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