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Re: How GDB knows a breakpoint is hit?

whenever you put a breakpoint at some address using GDB then GDB
replaces instruction at
that address with a trap, illegal divide, or some other instruction
that will cause an exception.
So when it's encountered, GDB will take the exception and stop the program.

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On 19/08/2009, kceiwH <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I wonder how GDB knows it should stop the inferior when a breakpoint
> is hit. I try to read the code but only to find how GDB creates a
> breakpoint. I thought GDB might change some instructions of inferior
> so that when the inferior executes the modified instructions, GDB
> should know. But what the function "create_breakpoint" does is to add
> a breakpoint to the list "breakpoint_chain". It is not what I thought.
> So I am confused. Does GDB monitor each instruction of the inferior
> and check whether there is a breakpoint and stop the inferior before
> the instruction is executed? If so, how GDB monitor the inferior? And
> it will be too slow. Could anybody tell how GDB handle it and plus the
> codes. Thanks in advance.
> Regards,
> Mao

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