Re: [PATCH v4 1/2] Provide in-kernel headers for making it easy to extend the kernel

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 - 11:26:57 EST

On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:45:24 -0700
Alexei Starovoitov <alexei.starovoitov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> what you're asking for we already have. It's called BTF.


> pahole takes vmlinux dwarf and convert it into ~1Mbyte of BTF that includes
> all kernel types.
> With gzip it can be compressed further if necessary.
> We also have a prototype to generate all_vmlinux_types.h from BTF.
> But it's not a substitute for kernel headers.
> We've had a long discussion during last LPC regarding this:
> tldr: many tracing use cases will be solved with BTF, but kernel headers
> are here to stay.

Is this work a result of that session? (I was only able to attend part
of the BPF sessions due to conflicts). I guess I should watch the

-- Steve