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BPF Superpowers for Linux

A powerful set of tools is helpful not only for developers. On GNU/Linux strace is one such tool and helped me already with a wide variety of problems. However it is always confined to one process or a process tree and cannot help with system wide problems / questions. Although there have been many attempts in the past, the Linux developers seem to have found a common underlying infrastructure in the form of BPF for such tools, allowing flexible and high-performance probing.

Already back in 2016, the Netflix developer Brendan Gregg showed what is possible in his talk Linux BPF Superpowers.

Linux bcc/BPF Tracing Tools

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