[PATCH]: Make Linux use the new unified x86 watchpoint support

Eli Zaretskii eliz@is.elta.co.il
Tue Mar 27 01:31:00 GMT 2001

On Tue, 27 Mar 2001, Mark Kettenis wrote:

>    Sorry, I'm not following.  The watchpoint-related macros are defined
>    on files which should be used only with native debugging (i386-nat.c
>    and nm-i386.h).  On top of that, the macros only get exposed if the
>    port defines I386_USE_GENERIC_WATCHPOINTS.  A port which doesn't want
>    that should get rid of the watchpoints for free, by simply not
>    Which part of the above misfires, and why?
> It used to be possible to debug a remote i386 target with a native
> Linux/x86 debugger.

This sounds as The Source of All Evil, doesn't it?  Can GDB really be 
tweaked into debugging a remote target with a native debug code?  I'm 
surprised that it even works, unless there are some extra-special hacks 
lying around, just for this.

>    This possibility has been discussed back in November, but the
>    conclusion was that it's not a good idea.  I don't remember the
>    details, but the reasons had something to do with threads and how
>    the register cache is used in conjunction with threads.  (I can dig
>    out the URLs of the relevant messages, if you want to read them.)
> I suggested doing this, but several people objected to exposing the
> debug registers in this way.  Threads have nothing to do with it

I'm quite sure they did.  IIRC, the issue was that debug registers are 
global, whereas normal registers are per thread.

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