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[RFC 0/7] Support for Linux kernel debugging

Hi Peter
Hi everybody else

This series implements a new Linux kernel target very similar to Peters
patch sent shortly before Christmas [1]. In contrast to Peter, i
concentrated on core dumps on S390. Thus there are some differences and we
can benefit from each other.

The series's structure is the following. Patch 1 and 2 contain small,
general changes independent of the actual target which are a pre-req for the
rest. Patch 3 contains the basic target with the same functionality of
Peters patch. Patch 4 contains the implementation for module handling and
kernel virtual addresses. Patch 5 contains some commands as a byproduct of
development. Its main purpose is to start a discussion how (C++/Python) and
where (GDB/kernel) commands for the target schould be implemented. Finally
patch 6 and 7 contain the S390 specific code with patch 7 containing the logic
needed for the target.  The patches apply to and compile with the current
master. You need --enable-targets=all
to compile.

While the basic structure is very similar i made some different design
decisions compared to Peter. Most notably i store the needed private data in
a libiberty/htab (shouldn't be much of a problem to move to
std::unordered_map) with the variables name as key and its address/struct
type/struct field as value. Thus it is closer to the approach using
std::array Yao suggested [2].

In addition i also have a implementation to handle kernel modules. Together
with this goes the handling of kernel virtual addresses which i quite like.
Unfortunately generalizing this handling to any kind of virtual address
would need a mechanism to pass the address space to target_xfer_partial.

The biggest drawback of my design currently is the mapping between the CPUs
and the task_strucs of the running tasks. Currently the mapping is static,
i.e. it is generated once at initialization and cannot be updated. Knowing
this weakness i discussed quite long with Andreas how to improve it. In this
context we also discussed the reavenscar-approach Peter is using. In the end
we decided against this approach. In particular we discussed a scenario when
you also stack a userspace target on top of the kernel target. In this case
you would have three different views on threads (hardware, kernel,
userspace). With the ravenscar-approach this scenario is impossible to
implement as the private_thread_info is already occupied by the kernel
target and the userspace would have no chance to use it. Furthermore you
would like to have the possibility to switch between different views, i.e.
see what the kernel and userspace view on a given process is. The idea to
solve this is to move the global thread_list to the target and allow mapping
between the threads of the different list. Thus every target can manage its
own threads. Furthermore there needs to be a way to allow several targets at
the same time and a way for the user to switch between them. Of course this
idea would need some work to implement ...

Unfortunately there is no way to test the code unless you have access to an
S390 machine. But if you like and give me some time i can try to make an
dump available to you. Cross debugging shouldn't be a problem.

Any kind of feedback is welcome.

Kind regards


Philipp Rudo (7):
  Convert substitute_path_component to C++
  Add libiberty/concat styled concat_path function
  Add basic Linux kernel support
  Add kernel module support for linux-kernel target
  Add commands for linux-kernel target
  Add privileged registers for s390x
  Add S390 support for linux-kernel target

 gdb/                       |  16 +
 gdb/auto-load.c                       |  18 +-
 gdb/common/common-utils.h             |  16 +-
 gdb/features/Makefile                 |  11 +-
 gdb/features/s390-cr.xml              |  26 +
 gdb/features/s390x-cr-linux64.c       |  99 ++++
 gdb/features/s390x-cr-linux64.xml     |  24 +
 gdb/features/s390x-vxcr-linux64.c     | 169 ++++++
 gdb/features/s390x-vxcr-linux64.xml   |  25 +
 gdb/gdbarch.c                         |  31 ++
 gdb/gdbarch.h                         |   8 +
 gdb/                        |   4 +
 gdb/lk-cmds.c                         | 248 +++++++++
 gdb/lk-cmds.h                         |  25 +
 gdb/lk-lists.c                        |  47 ++
 gdb/lk-lists.h                        |  56 ++
 gdb/lk-low.c                          | 964 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 gdb/lk-low.h                          | 330 ++++++++++++
 gdb/lk-modules.c                      | 412 +++++++++++++++
 gdb/lk-modules.h                      |  29 +
 gdb/regformats/s390x-cr-linux64.dat   |  76 +++
 gdb/regformats/s390x-vxcr-linux64.dat | 108 ++++
 gdb/s390-linux-tdep.c                 | 390 +++++++++++++-
 gdb/s390-linux-tdep.h                 |  86 ++-
 gdb/solib.c                           |   8 +
 gdb/solib.h                           |   5 +
 gdb/typeprint.c                       |   8 +-
 gdb/typeprint.h                       |   2 +
 gdb/utils.c                           |  88 ++--
 gdb/utils.h                           |  26 +-
 30 files changed, 3294 insertions(+), 61 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 gdb/features/s390-cr.xml
 create mode 100644 gdb/features/s390x-cr-linux64.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/features/s390x-cr-linux64.xml
 create mode 100644 gdb/features/s390x-vxcr-linux64.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/features/s390x-vxcr-linux64.xml
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-cmds.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-cmds.h
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-lists.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-lists.h
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-low.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-low.h
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-modules.c
 create mode 100644 gdb/lk-modules.h
 create mode 100644 gdb/regformats/s390x-cr-linux64.dat
 create mode 100644 gdb/regformats/s390x-vxcr-linux64.dat


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