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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/12] KGDB/KDB FIQ (NMI) debugger
Hi Brian,

On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 01:51:33PM -0700, Brian Swetland wrote:
> > - KGDB/KDB FIQ debugger shell is synchronous. In Google's version you
> > could have a dedicated shell always running in the FIQ context,
[...]
> The main reason we did this asynchronously was that it's entirely possible
> to get the occasional random character on the debug serial port (which is
> often multiplexed with the audio path on the headphone jack), and having
> the device freeze mysteriously when this happens is problematic.
>
> Since the FIQ debugger is incredibly useful for diagnosing "my device is
> stuck" type problems, we tend to leave it enabled on large numbers of
> devices during internal testing, so that if somebody runs into a problem
> an engineer can plug in a serial debug cable and take a look. It's
> important that the presence of the debug feature doesn't lead to instability,
> and thus we don't want a single random character to stop the normal
> operation ofthe device.

Yup, and that's why in my approach I implemented a tiny async "shell" on
to of KDB, the shell accepts just one command "$3#33" -- GDB-protocol
escape sequence:

/**
* kgdb_nmi_poll_knock - Check if it is time to enter the debugger
*
* "Serial ports are often noisy, especially when muxed over another port (we
* often use serial over the headset connector). Noise on the async command
* line just causes characters that are ignored, on a command line that blocked
* execution noise would be catastrophic." -- Colin Cross
*
* So, this function implements KGDB/KDB knocking on the serial line: we won't
* enter the debugger until we receive a known magic phrase (which is actually
* "$3#33", known as "escape to KDB" command.
...

I.e. the kernel will print this prompt on the NMI debugger console:

Type $3#33 to enter the debugger>

And this command will be processed asynchronously.

Thanks!

Anton.


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