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Re: [RFA] Rewrite data cache and use for stack access.

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM, Daniel Jacobowitz<> wrote:
> I think that part of the trouble with the existing cache is that it's
> implemented too much like a cache.  Rather than making it
> set-associative, and thus (marginally?) less effective, what about
> fixing the search to use a more efficient structure?
> What we have today is a linked list of blocks.  If we put them into a
> splay tree instead, search performance would be much better.  It would
> be very similar to addrmap.c's splay trees.

Interesting. I'll look into that...

> * I'd find it helpful if any performance improvements were separated
> out from stack caching.  Could you do that?

I've split it into two patch files. Should I be submitting them as
completely separate [RFA]s?

> * Have you thought at all about non-stop or multi-process debugging?
> If we have a data cache which is specifically for stack accesses,
> maybe we should associate it with the thread.

I don't think we need to associate the cache with a particular thread,
since the threads' stacks will be in separate parts of the address
space anyway; multiple caches will just add more stuff to keep track

For non-stop debugging, it seems like the correct thing to do would be
to clear the cache between each _command_ the user gives. It's
conceivable that a running thread might modify a value on a stopped
thread's stack, and we don't want to hide that by keeping the cache
between two backtrace commands. This may already happen; I'll double

> * Do we really need an option to turn this off?  It seems to me to be
> risk-free; whether the target memory ends up volatile or not, we
> don't want volatile semantics on saved registers anyway.
> * If we do add the option, it requires documentation.  Whether we do
> or not, please add an entry to NEWS about the new feature.

I'd like to keep the option, "just in case"; perhaps it should default
to on, though.

> * We'd prefer that new functions take a target_ops; are the
> current_target versions of read_stack and target_stack necessary?

They're called from value_at, which doesn't seem to get information
about the target; is there a way to avoid using current_target there?

>> +extern struct value *value_at_lazy_stack (struct type *type, CORE_ADDR addr);
> IMO this one isn't needed; just call value_set_stack on the result
> of value_at_lazy, right?

Hmm, you're right. I'll change that.

Next step: looking into using splay trees.

- Jacob

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