[llvm-dev] llvm bpf debug info. Re: [RFC PATCH v4 3/3] bpf: Introduce function for outputing data to perf event

Wangnan (F) via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Aug 12 23:24:07 PDT 2015

Thank you for your reply.

Add He Kuang to CC list.

On 2015/8/12 21:15, Brenden Blanco wrote:
> Hi Wangnan, I've been authoring the BCC development, so I'll answer
> those specific questions.
>> Could you please give us further information about your clang rewriter?
>> I guess you need a new .so when injecting those code into kernel?
> The rewriter runs all of its passes in a single process, creating no
> files on disk and having no external dependencies in terms of
> toolchain.
> 1. Entry point: bpf_module_create() - C API call to create module, can
> take filename or directly a c string with the full contents of the
> program
> 2. Convert contents into a clang memory buffer
> 3. Set up a clang driver::CompilerInvocation in the style of the clang
> interpreter example
> 4. Run a rewriter pass over the memory buffer file, annotating and/or
> doing BPF specific magic on the input source
>   a. Open BPF maps with a call to bpf_create_map directly
>   b. Convert references to map operations with the specific FD of the new map
>   c. Convert arguments to bpf_probe_read calls as needed
>   d. Collect the externed function names to avoid section() hack in the language
> 5. Re-run the CompilerInvocation on the modified sources
> 6. JIT the llvm::Module to bpf arch
> 7. Load the resulting in-memory ".o" to bpf_prog_load, keeping the FD
> alive in the compiler process
> 8. Attach the FD as necessary to perf events, socket, tc, etc.
> 9. goto 1
> The above steps are captured in the BCC github repo in src/cc, with
> the clang specific bits inside of the frontends/clang subdirectory.
>> I'm not sure. Our target platform should be embedded devices like
>> smartphone.
>> Bringing full clang/llvm environment there is not acceptable.
> The artifact from the build process of BCC is a shared library, which
> has the clang/llvm .a embedded within them. It is not yet a single
> binary, but not unfeasible to make it so. The clang toolchain itself
> does not need to exist on the target. I have not attempted to
> cross-compile BCC to any architecture, currently x86_64 only.
> If you have more BCC specific questions not involving clang/llvm,
> perhaps you can ping Alexei/myself off of the llvm-dev list, in case
> this discussion is not relevant to them.

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