[RFC] 4xx hardware watchpoint support

Luis Machado luisgpm at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Sat May 24 04:06:14 EST 2008

On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 13:51 +1000, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> Luis Machado writes:
> > This is a patch that has been sitting idle for quite some time. I
> > decided to move it further because it is something useful. It was
> > originally written by Michel Darneille, based off of 2.6.16.
> > 
> > The original patch, though, was not compatible with the current DABR
> > logic. DABR's are used to implement hardware watchpoint support for
> > ppc64 processors (i.e. 970, Power5 etc). 4xx's have a different
> > debugging register layout and needs to be handled differently (they two
> > registers: DAC and DBCR0).
> Yes, they are different, but they do essentially the same thing, so I
> think we should try and unify the handling of the two.  Maybe you
> could rename set_dabr() to set_hw_watchpoint() or something and make
> it set DABR on 64-bit and "classic" 32-bit processors, and DAC on
> 4xx/Book E processors.
> Likewise, I don't think we need both a "dabr" field and a "dac" field
> in the thread_struct - one should do.  Rename "dabr" to something else
> if you feel that the "dabr" name is too ppc64-specific.  And I don't
> think we need both __debugger_dabr_match and __debugger_dac_match.

Thanks for the feedback Paul. I'll try consolidating those mechanisms
into a single, more general scheme. 

Best regards,

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