[PATCH V2 2/3] powerpc, ptrace: Enable support for transactional memory register sets

Anshuman Khandual khandual at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu May 15 18:25:33 EST 2014

On 05/14/2014 04:45 PM, Pedro Alves wrote:
> On 05/14/14 06:46, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>> On 05/13/2014 10:43 PM, Pedro Alves wrote:
>>> On 05/05/14 08:54, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>>>> This patch enables get and set of transactional memory related register
>>>> sets through PTRACE_GETREGSET/PTRACE_SETREGSET interface by implementing
>>>> four new powerpc specific register sets i.e REGSET_TM_SPR, REGSET_TM_CGPR,
>>>> REGSET_TM_CFPR, REGSET_CVMX support corresponding to these following new
>>>> ELF core note types added previously in this regard.
>>>> 	(1) NT_PPC_TM_SPR
>>>> 	(2) NT_PPC_TM_CGPR
>>>> 	(3) NT_PPC_TM_CFPR
>>>> 	(4) NT_PPC_TM_CVMX
>>> Sorry that I couldn't tell this from the code, but, what does the
>>> kernel return when the ptracer requests these registers and the
>>> program is not in a transaction?  Specifically I'm wondering whether
>>> this follows the same semantics as the s390 port.
>> Right now, it still returns the saved state of the registers from thread
>> struct. I had assumed that the user must know the state of the transaction
>> before initiating the ptrace request. I guess its better to check for
>> the transaction status before processing the request. In case if TM is not
>> active on that thread, we should return -EINVAL.
> I think s390 returns ENODATA in that case.
>  https://sourceware.org/ml/gdb-patches/2013-06/msg00273.html
> We'll want some way to tell whether the system actually
> supports this.  That could be ENODATA vs something-else (EINVAL
> or perhaps better EIO for "request is invalid").

As Mickey has pointed out, the transaction memory support in the system can be
checked from the HWCAP2 flags. So when the transaction is not active, we will
return ENODATA instead for TM related ptrace regset requests.

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