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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch 1/9] Introducing generic hardware breakpoint handler interfaces
On Tue, 7 Oct 2008, K.Prasad wrote:

> This patch introduces two new files hw_breakpoint.[ch] which defines the
> generic interfaces to use hardware breakpoint infrastructure of the system.

...
> --- /dev/null
> +++ linux-bkpt-lkml-27-rc9/include/asm-generic/hw_breakpoint.h
> @@ -0,0 +1,236 @@
> +#ifndef _ASM_GENERIC_HW_BREAKPOINT_H
> +#define _ASM_GENERIC_HW_BREAKPOINT_H
> +
> +#ifndef __ARCH_HW_BREAKPOINT_H
> +#error "Please don't include this file directly"
> +#endif
> +
> +#ifdef __KERNEL__
> +#include <linux/list.h>
> +#include <linux/types.h>
> +
> +/**
> + * struct hw_breakpoint - unified kernel/user-space hardware breakpoint
> + * @node: internal linked-list management
> + * @triggered: callback invoked when the breakpoint is hit

The kerneldoc needs to be updated to match the structure. @triggered
doesn't exist any more; instead there are @pre_handler and
@post_handler.

...
> + * When a breakpoint gets hit, the @triggered callback is invoked
> + * in_interrupt with a pointer to the %hw_breakpoint structure and the
> + * processor registers. Execute-breakpoint traps occur before the
> + * breakpointed instruction runs; when the callback returns the
> + * instruction is restarted (this time without a debug exception). All
> + * other types of trap occur after the memory access has taken place.
> + * Breakpoints are disabled while @triggered runs, to avoid recursive
> + * traps and allow unhindered access to breakpointed memory.

This paragraph needs to be fixed as well.

...
> +/*
> + * The following routines help the user determine if the architecture supports
> + * a trigger-before access/execution mechanism or a trigger-after
> + * access/execution. This is dependent on the type of breakpoint and the
> + * architecture
> + */
> +int trigger_before_arch(unsigned type);
> +int trigger_after_arch(unsigned type);

These routines should have hwbp_ in their name (or something similar).
And they don't need to have _arch.

Alan Stern



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