Move kgdb init code?

Matt Porter porter at
Wed Jun 26 06:50:08 EST 2002

On Tue, Jun 25, 2002 at 09:19:08AM -0700, Frank Rowand wrote:
> Matt Porter wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've created a generic ns16550 binding to kgdb in hopes of making
> > enabling kgdb support less of a per-board hack.  It utilizes the
> > information populated in rs_table to configure the UARTs (code
> > stolen from a number of our other polled 16550 code areas).  The
> > only problem is that for systems that use early_serial_init() to
> > configure serial port usage, the current location of the kgdb
> > init code is not suitable.  early_serial_init() is run during
> > during a port's ppc_md.setup_arch if it is being used and so
> > requires the the kgdb initialization be performed after
> > ppc_md.setup_arch runs.
> Is the concern that early_serial_init() will change the UART's
> configuration, if kgdb initializes it earlier?  Or something
> else?

Actually, some ports have no virtual mapping prior to
early_serial_init() so the current location of kgdb is
unsuitable (as a general purpose case).

> > Since I don't personally use kgdb on a day-to-day basis, I'm
> > wondering what most people use it for.  I would guess that it
> > is not typically used for board bringup since it is available
> > so late in init code (and progress messages are available even
> > earlier if one can't/won't use a hardware debugger).  If most
> When I was doing board bringups, I used kgdb for 95% of my debugging.
> It has always been a struggle (in various OSs that I have worked
> on) to get a software based kernel debugger initialized as early
> as possible in the boot sequence.  For 4xx and 8xx, kgdb is
> available fairly early (very soon after going virtual).

That doesn't seem to be the general purpose case, though.  When
you have kgdb functionality in the kernel for functional board
ports, later debug seems to be the general use of it.

When doing a board bringup, one is always going to want to move
the init from even its current location.   Not a big deal, since
the developer is already adding progress messages, printks, etc
as he walks the thing into a running state.

It would seem that moving the default location has more general
usefulness for existing board ports.  IMHO, it is most important
to have features like kgdb functioning in a general purpose way
in the tree.

> > people are using it for device driver debug, then it doesn't
> > seem that moving the init code after ppc_md.setup_arch would
> > be a problem.  It would enable kgdb in a more general purpose
> > way with the generic 16550 support, and somebody doing new
> > bringup could always move the init code earlier for their
> > specific case.
> >
> > Any objections or alternatives?
> yes (objection).

Is being expected to move kgdb_map_scc() to an earlier custom
location too much?  It only needs to be earlier until things
are functional past setup_arch.

Matt Porter
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