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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] perf/x86/amd: AMD support for bp_len > HW_BREAKPOINT_LEN_8
Just in case let me repeat, I can be easily wrong because I forgot
how this series actually look and I don't have the patches now ;)

On 11/09, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>
> On Sat, Nov 09, 2013 at 04:11:56PM +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 11/08, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Does this feature only work on data breakpoint or is instruction breakpoint
> > > address range supported as well?
> >
> > IIRC, execute range is supported as well.
> >
> > But. I can't look at the code now, but iirc this can't really work until
> > we fix the (already discussed) problems with bp_len && X86_BREAKPOINT_LEN_X.
> > IOW, we should not blame these patches if it doesn't work.
>
> Yeah, don't worry I don't plan to push back these patches for the sake of that bug,
> that would be definetly unfair, especially as I introduced that issue :)
>
> And the patchset looks good overall, except for a few details but it's mostly ok,

OK,

> I just would like to fix that issue along the way. It would be really nice if we can
> avoid having a mask _and_ a len for breakpoints.

Up to you and Suravee, but can't we cleanup this later?

This series was updated many times to address a lot of (sometimes
contradictory) complaints.

> I mean, that doesn't look right to me,
> it's two units basically measuring the same thing, so that's asking for conflicting troubles.

Yes. And we can kill either _len or _mask, not sure what would be more
clean.

At least with the current implementation (again, iirc) mask == len -1.
Although amd supports the more generic masks (but I can't recall the
details).

> I'm just not sure how to reuse the len to express breakpoint ranges (that was in fact the
> initial purpose of it) without breaking the tools.

Confused... user-space still uses len to express the range? Just
the kernel "switches" to mask if len > 8 ?

Oleg.



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