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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch 1/9] Introducing generic hardware breakpoint handler interfaces
On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 11:21:53AM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> 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
>
I agree this part of the patch needs cleanup. Will do so during the next
iteration of the patchset. trigger_<before/after>_arch() routines are
rendered redundant through the pre_ and post_handler_allowed() routines
and I will remove the above two lines too.

Thanks,
K.Prasad



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