[RFC] [PATCH] powerpc: Add MSR_DE to MSR_KERNEL

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Fri Jun 1 19:12:51 EST 2012

On Thu, 2012-05-31 at 11:05 +0200, Joakim Tjernlund wrote:
> Abatron Support <support at abatron.ch> wrote on 2012/05/30 14:08:26:
> >
> > >> I have tested this briefly with BDI2000 on P2010(e500) and
> > >> it works for me. I don't know if there are any bad side effects,
> > >> therfore
> > >> this RFC.
> >
> > > We used to have MSR_DE surrounded by CONFIG_something
> > > to ensure it wasn't set under normal operation.  IIRC, if MSR_DE
> > > is set, you will have problems with software debuggers that
> > > utilize the the debugging registers in the chip itself.  You only want
> > > to force this to be set when using the BDI, not at other times.
> >
> > This MSR_DE is also of interest and used for software debuggers that
> > make use of the debug registers. Only if MSR_DE is set then debug
> > interrupts are generated. If a debug event leads to a debug interrupt
> > handled by a software debugger or if it leads to a debug halt handled
> > by a JTAG tool is selected with DBCR0_EDM / DBCR0_IDM.
> >
> > The "e500 Core Family Reference Manual" chapter "Chapter 8
> > Debug Support" explains in detail the effect of MSR_DE.
> So what is the verdict on this? I don't buy into Dan argument without some
> hard data.

The kernel normally controls when to set or not set MSR:DE, at least
when using SW breakpoints. Setting it globally should remain some kind
of specific debug option.

In fact on some CPUs, we even leave user set dbcr settings and rely on
DE being off in kernel space to avoid user->kernel attacks via the debug
registers (I think we still do that on 64-bit BookE though it should
eventually change).


>  Jocke
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