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SubjectRe: [patch v3 19/36] Hexagon: Add ptrace support
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On Wednesday 21 September 2011 18:50:09, Linas Vepstas (Code Aurora) wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 05:15:20PM +0100, Pedro Alves wrote:
> > > On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 12:29:57PM +0100, Pedro Alves wrote:
> > > > Yes, the x86/x86-64 ports or gdb and gdbserver are already
> > > > using GET/SETREGSET even.
>
> Thanks; after a bit of initial confusion, I've gotten gdb to
> work with this, so I'm happy.
>
> > I wish there was an equivalent of PTRACE_GETREGSET for siginfo...
>
> How? Why?

One of the the cool features of PTRACE_GETREGSET is that it returns
the regset in the natural layout of the tracee. So when debugging a
32-bit process on a 64-bit kernel, PTRACE_GETREGSET returns the
regset in 32-bit layout. Recent enough GDBs can print the siginfo of a
caught signal (before its delivered with (PTRACE_CONT, sig).
Try "(gdb) p $_siginfo" on x86. Trouble is 32-bit processes on 64-bit
kernels or other biarch setups. PTRACE_GETSIGINFO returns the siginfo in
64-bit layout, so GDB gets to try to immitate what the kernel's 32-bit
compat layer does. Both for reading and writting siginfo.
See compat_siginfo_from_siginfo and siginfo_from_compat_siginfo
at [1].
The kernel already knows to convert siginfo to the native layout
of the process -- needed to pass to the user space signal handler
at least. But AFAIK, there's no way for the debugger to get at it
before the signal is actually delivered.

[1]
http://sourceware.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/src/gdb/amd64-linux-nat.c?rev=1.35&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup&cvsroot=src

--
Pedro Alves


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