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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch 0/9] Hardware Breakpoint interfaces
K.Prasad wrote:
> 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.
>
>

Correcting myself, actually kvm breakpoints are in a third namespace.
You could have kernel breakpoints, user breakpoints, and guest
breakpoints coexisting.

> 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.
>

If kvm restores the registers, should there be any problem?

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