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Re: gdb/remote - I/O

Todd Whitesel wrote:

> I prefer the implementation where target I/O is treated like a general
> syscall request, which always blocks on the host. After all, it's really
> for debugging and bootstrapping, not production -- and you gain a lot of
> flexibility by doing it this way.

syscall?  Ah, you're thinking of UNIX :-)

> On the target, a syscall acts just like a breakpoint except that some
> extra "I'm a syscall!" information is sent up too. For example, the
> syscall number and the first three argument registers, which covers
> all of your basic syscalls.

> The target then just sits and waits to be manipulated with register/memory
> commands, and eventually gets a command sequence telling it to write the
> return register and 'errno flag' register and to continue.
> On the host, a target that stops on a syscall gets processed through logic
> which feels somewhat like the "should we continue stepping or not?" paths
> in The Code Formerly Known As WaitForInferior. The host translates the
> syscall to native bit-flags and such and attempts to execute it, including
> simulated I/O (you need some minimal buffering here, nothing complicated).

I was waiting for someone to head down that path :-)

While a ``really cool feature'' I think, like the other proposal to make
things truely bi-directional it is getting away from the current
protocol's principal objective - to be as simple as possible.

I don't think a ``syscall'' mechanism would need any protocol changes
(just a minor reimplementation of GDB's target stack ;-)  I'd expect
something like a new target layer that would set a breakpoint on
syscall() and then intercept any thread-stopped event for that
breakpoint.  The layer would then manipulate the target and resume it.

I think the emphasis here should be on identifying just sufficient
functionality to provide the primative console.  Mark's point about the
target not having a break mechanism is the key - my original proposal
was flawed since it assume that GDB could directly interrupt the target.


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