[remote protocol] support for disabling packet acknowledgement

Eli Zaretskii eliz@gnu.org
Sun Jul 27 09:20:00 GMT 2008

> Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:12:38 -0400
> From: Sandra Loosemore <sandra@codesourcery.com>
> CC:  Paul_Koning@dell.com,  gdb@sourceware.org,   gdb-patches@sourceware.org,  pedro@codesourcery.com
> >> You'll note the documentation says turning off acks may be desirable to reduce 
> >> communication overhead *or* "for other reasons".  In fact, it is the "other 
> >> reasons" that motivated this patch.  We are working on designing the extensions 
> >> to the remote protocol to support nonstop mode, and we realized that we simply 
> >> cannot do it in combination with using +/- acks on the asynchronous responses.
> > 
> > Then please just say so in the docs.
> As you'll note from subsequent discussion, we decided to use another mechanism 
> for non-stop mode, so it has no dependence on the noack mode patch any more. 
> I'm not sure what else you think the docs for noack mode should say?

Perhaps nothing, now that the decision was to abandon the original
approach.  But the principle remains: if there's some _real_ reason to
including a feature in GDB, let's state that reason in the docs,
instead of hiding it in some "etc."

> Incidentally, I am working on docs for non-stop mode now -- both the user-level 
> changes, and the remote protocol pieces.


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