[discuss] semantics, "replay debugging" vs. "reverse debugging"

Jakob Engblom jakob@virtutech.com
Tue Oct 21 07:29:00 GMT 2008

> > One could have reverse without record/replay if,
> > for instance, one had a machine architecture where
> > all instructions were reversable, ie. the machine
> > itself could reverse-execute an instruction.
> I think maybe some instruction can do it.
> Such as add instruction. When it forward execute, it add some number
> to a value of register. When it reverse, it can sub this number from
> the value of register. It can reverse without record.
> In P record, I make a interface to use it in record_t need_dasm. But I
> still not use it. Maybe I can use it in the future.

When thinking about overflow semantics, etc., it is clear that this can never
work in general.  

The easiest way to create a reversible system is to 

1. Impose determinisim

2. Make sure you can get back to a previous state

And then you simply jump back and reexecute until some chosen point in time.
Works like a charm, and is very general.


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