Problem with manual watchpoints

Mon Dec 28 21:22:00 GMT 2009

Hi Jan,

Thanks again for the reply. When I tried with -O0, i found that, the
same program got the breakpoint exception. But there were also times
when it just ran to completion too. I then went back to the -O2 and
ran the compiled program several times and found that, even with -O2,
the breakpoint exception occurs sometimes and does not occur at other

Reading about debug registers and breakpoint exception, I came across this
"When using data breakpoints it is recommended that either the LE or
GE bit of DR7 be set also. If either LE or GE is set, any data
breakpoint trap is reported exactly after completion of the
instruction that accessed the specified memory item. This exact
reporting is accomplished by forcing the 80386 execution unit to wait
for completion of data operand transfers before beginning execution of
the next instruction. If neither GE nor LE is set, data breakpoints
may not be reported until one instruction after the data is accessed
or may not be reported at all."

Which means, Im just having some trouble with exact reporting of the
exception I guess. Inspite of having both LE and GE set, the behaviour
is random. Could it be possible for a processor with debug registers
to not support exact reporting or could there be problems since Im
working on a VM ?


On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Jan Kratochvil
<> wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Dec 2009 22:41:37 +0100, Aravinda wrote:
>> Yes, thats why I have a watchpoint added at &a[20]. So on accessing
>> the first element out of the allocated array, I want the program to
>> receive a SIGTRAP.
> Ah, OK.
>> Infact it gets this signal when the getc(stdin) is included, is it
>> something to do with the program should be in single step mode to get
> No.
>> or is the loop way too simple that it executes in no time before the SIGTRAP
>> is even raised ?
> There may be some compiler optimization in effect such as if you have not used
> "volatile" keyword for the "a" array. You should rather check the code using
> "objdump -dS" or GDB "disass/m" how it got compiled.
> Still (with default -O0) I do not know the answer.
> Regards,
> Jan

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