[PATCH 2/2] powerpc: FULL_REGS on exec

Roland McGrath roland at redhat.com
Tue Sep 25 09:52:44 EST 2007

When PTRACE_O_TRACEEXEC is used, a ptrace call to fetch the registers at
With recent versions, "gdb --args /bin/sh -c 'exec /bin/true'" and "run" at
the (gdb) prompt is sufficient to produce this.  I also have written an
isolated test case, see https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=301791#c15.

This change fixes the problem by clearing the low bit of pt_regs.trap in
start_thread so that FULL_REGS is true again.  This is correct since all of
the GPRs that "full" refers to are cleared in start_thread.

Signed-off-by: Roland McGrath <roland at redhat.com>
 arch/powerpc/kernel/process.c |    7 +++++++
 1 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/process.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/process.c
index e477c9d..fd799d2 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/process.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/process.c
@@ -605,6 +605,13 @@ void start_thread(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigned long start, unsigned long sp)
 	regs->ccr = 0;
 	regs->gpr[1] = sp;
+	/*
+	 * We have just cleared all the nonvolatile GPRs, so make
+	 * FULL_REGS(regs) return true.  This is necessary to allow
+	 * ptrace to examine the thread immediately after exec.
+	 */
+	regs->trap &= ~1UL;
 #ifdef CONFIG_PPC32
 	regs->mq = 0;
 	regs->nip = start;

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