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SubjectRe: utrace comments
On Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 10:18:09AM +0100, Russell King wrote:
> Roland's idea of single-stepping is that it *must* be supported by
> hardware for utrace to use it. There are a number of architectures
> which can only do single-stepping by modifying the text of the
> program being single stepped. ARM is one such example.
>
> As such, even when utrace is complete, some architectures will never
> support in-kernel single step with utrace. I believe Roland's idea
> is to have single step supported on these via some vapourware userspace
> library.

Does the current arm ptrace code support single stepping in kernelspace?
If yes we absolutely need to continue to support it.

> I'd also like to see utrace become *optional*
> for architectures to support, rather than as it currently stands as
> a *mandatory* requirement when merged.

No way we'd keep both the old ptrace mess and utrace in the same tree.

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