Re: [PATCH bpf-next v5 1/2] bpf, xdp: Add tracepoint to xdp attaching failure

From: Leon Hwang
Date: Wed Aug 02 2023 - 02:52:40 EST

On 2/8/23 06:08, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Aug 2023 22:26:20 +0800 Leon Hwang wrote:
>> When error happens in dev_xdp_attach(), it should have a way to tell
>> users the error message like the netlink approach.
>> To avoid breaking uapi, adding a tracepoint in bpf_xdp_link_attach() is
>> an appropriate way to notify users the error message.
>> Hence, bpf libraries are able to retrieve the error message by this
>> tracepoint, and then report the error message to users.
> Whatevered-by: Jakub Kicinski <kuba@xxxxxxxxxx> ?

Oh, it's not responsible for libraries to retrieve the error message. It
should be users' responsibility.

Sorry for the misguiding text.

In the previous patch[0], which changes uapi, it's able to back-propagate
the error message from dev_xdp_attach() to userspace through BPF syscall.
Then, tracepoint idea is suggested to avoid changing uapi. I do agree to
implement a tracepoint to avoid changing uapi.

[0] bpf: Introduce user log