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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch 0/9] Hardware Breakpoint interfaces
On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 02:29:05PM +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> K.Prasad wrote:
>> - Enable KGDB and KVM to use the register_kernel_hw_breakpoint()
>> interface for their HW Breakpoint usage, in the absence of which
>> they will be broken during simultaneous use.
> KVM conceptually isn't a kernel use of the debug registers. KVM
> modifies the debug registers while the guest is running, and restores
> them after the guest returns.
> Right now, as an optimization, KVM defers restoring the debug registers
> until after the next context switch out of the kvm task, or until the
> next exit to userspace (whichever comes earlier); we should change this
> to avoid the deferral if kernel breakpoints are in effect. This will
> allow simultaneous use of KVM breakpoints and kernel breakpoints.
The patch posted provides interface for using HW breakpoints on both
user- and kernel-space breakpoints. KVM's user-space address breakpoint
requirements, after code-modification, should be made to use
register_user_hw_breakpoint() interface (presently un-exported but will
be changed subsequently) to help maintain a system-wide consistent view on the
availability of HW Breakpoint registers.

Presently I find plenty of set_debugreg() calls from kvm/ which will
modify the registers directly and break the breakpoint register
management brought-in through the patch.


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