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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch 1/2][Bugfix][x86][hw-breakpoint] Clear reserved bits of DR6 in do_debug()
On Fri, Jan 01, 2010 at 12:19:49AM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:45:00AM +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 11:57:25PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> > > Clear the reserved bits from the stored copy of debug status register (DR6).
> > > This will help easy bitwise operations.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: K.Prasad <prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > > ---
> > > arch/x86/include/asm/debugreg.h | 3 +++
> > > arch/x86/kernel/traps.c | 3 +++
> > > 2 files changed, 6 insertions(+)
> > >
> > > Index: linux-2.6-tip/arch/x86/include/asm/debugreg.h
> > > ===================================================================
> > > --- linux-2.6-tip.orig/arch/x86/include/asm/debugreg.h
> > > +++ linux-2.6-tip/arch/x86/include/asm/debugreg.h
> > > @@ -14,6 +14,9 @@
> > > which debugging register was responsible for the trap. The other bits
> > > are either reserved or not of interest to us. */
> > >
> > > +/* Define reserved bits in DR6 which are always set to 1 */
> > > +#define DR6_RESERVED (0xFFFF0FF0)
> > > +
> >
> >
> > The 12th bit seems to be also reserved.
> > Shouldn't it be 0xffff1ff0 ?
> >
>
> The 12th bit is reserved to be 0 always.


Ah, ok.


> > What kind of bitwise operations do you think it could help?
> >
> > All of the operations I can find on dr6 are simple masks
> > test/set/clear.
> >
>
> As you found out later, this bitmask helps us in
> hw_breakpoint_handler().


Yeah, ok. Just waiting for Jan's answer to be sure it has
not side effects :)

Thanks.



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