Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] Provide in-kernel headers for making it easy to extend the kernel
From: Joel Fernandes
Date: Thu Feb 14 2019 - 22:47:35 EST
On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 07:19:29PM -0800, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 09:35:59AM -0500, Joel Fernandes (Google) wrote:
> > Introduce in-kernel headers and other artifacts which are made available
> > as an archive through proc (/proc/kheaders.txz file). This archive makes
> > it possible to build kernel modules, run eBPF programs, and other
> > tracing programs that need to extend the kernel for tracing purposes
> > without any dependency on the file system having headers and build
> > artifacts.
> > On Android and embedded systems, it is common to switch kernels but not
> > have kernel headers available on the file system. Raw kernel headers
> > also cannot be copied into the filesystem like they can be on other
> > distros, due to licensing and other issues. There's no linux-headers
> > package on Android. Further once a different kernel is booted, any
> > headers stored on the file system will no longer be useful. By storing
> > the headers as a compressed archive within the kernel, we can avoid these
> > issues that have been a hindrance for a long time.
> The set looks good to me and since the main use case is building bpf progs
> I can route it via bpf-next tree if there are no objections.
> Masahiro, could you please ack it?
Yes, eBPF is one of the usecases. After this, I am also planning to send
patches to BCC so that it can use this feature when compiling C to eBPF.