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SubjectRe: linux-next: add utrace tree
On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 01:41:57PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, Tom Tromey wrote:


> > * Support "displaced stepping" in the kernel; I think this would improve
> > performance when debugging in non-stop mode.
> Don't we already do that at least on x86? Just doing a single-step should
> work on an instruction even if it has a breakpoint on it, because we set
> the TF bit.
> Or maybe I'm not understanding what displaced stepping means to you.

If Tom is referring to supporting single-stepping out of line, ie., not
putting back the original instruction at the bp location, yes, we
already support it on various architectures for kernel breakpoints,
through the kprobes infrastructure.

For userspace, there are more complications to take care of. We are
reworking a prototype based on community comments (see the long UBP/XOL
thread on lkml from a few days ago). Hopefully the userspace breakpoint
assistance layer will be generic enough for gdb to also take advantage
of, though the interface details need to be hashed out.


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