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SubjectRe: [PATCHv4 0/6] perf/bpftool: Allow to link libbpf dynamically
Andrii Nakryiko <> writes:

> On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 5:19 AM Jiri Olsa <> wrote:
>> hi,
>> adding support to link bpftool with libbpf dynamically,
>> and config change for perf.
>> It's now possible to use:
>> $ make -C tools/bpf/bpftool/ LIBBPF_DYNAMIC=1
>> which will detect libbpf devel package and if found, link it with bpftool.
>> It's possible to use arbitrary installed libbpf:
>> $ make -C tools/bpf/bpftool/ LIBBPF_DYNAMIC=1 LIBBPF_DIR=/tmp/libbpf/
>> I based this change on top of Arnaldo's perf/core, because
>> it contains libbpf feature detection code as dependency.
>> Also available in:
>> git://
>> libbpf/dyn
>> v4 changes:
>> - based on Toke's v3 post, there's no need for additional API exports:
>> Since bpftool uses bits of libbpf that are not exported as public API in
>> the .so version, we also pass in libbpf.a to the linker, which allows it to
>> pick up the private functions from the static library without having to
>> expose them as ABI.
> Whoever understands how this is supposed to work, can you please
> explain? From reading this, I think what we **want** is:
> - all LIBBPF_API-exposed APIs should be dynamically linked against;
> - everything else used from libbpf (e.g., netlink APIs), should come
> from libbpf.a.
> Am I getting the idea right?
> If yes, are we sure it actually works like that in practice? I've
> compiled with LIBBPF_DYNAMIC=1, and what I see is that libelf, libc,
> zlib, etc functions do have relocations against them in ".rela.plt"
> section. None of libbpf exposed APIs, though, have any of such
> relocations. Which to me suggests that they are just statically linked
> against libbpf.a and is just recorded in ELF as a dynamic
> library dependency because of this extra -lbpf flag. Which kind of
> defeats the purpose of this whole endeavor, no?
> I'm no linker expert, though, so I apologize if I got it completely
> wrong, would really appreciate someone to detail this a bit more.
> Thanks!

Ah, that is my mistake: I was getting dynamic libbpf symbols with this
approach, but that was because I had the version of in my
$LIBDIR that had the patch to expose the netlink APIs as versioned
symbols; so it was just pulling in everything from the shared library.

So what I was going for was exactly what you described above; but it
seems that doesn't actually work. Too bad, and sorry for wasting your
time on this :/


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