some questions about kernel debugging

loody miloody@gmail.com
Fri Jul 9 15:56:00 GMT 2010


hi:
thanks for your kind reply :)

2010/7/9 Jan Kratochvil <jan.kratochvil@redhat.com>:
> On Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:52:31 +0200, loody wrote:
>> I enable kernel hacking options about kernel debugging on my mips platform.
>> I can successfully connect to the target board.
>> My question is:
>> 1. why I cannot p/x the value of variable?
>>     I have enabled CONFIG_ARCH_WANT_FRAME_POINTERS and CONFIG_FRAME_POINTER
>>     but I still get the message which tell me "value optimized out".
>>     did I miss anything?
>>     my kernel version is 2.6.30.9?
>
> This is not a GDB problem, you should report it to GCC (you need a minimal
> reproducer for the bugreport).
>
> The problem is Linux kernel cannot (at least could not) compile with -O0, it
> requires -O2 to successfully build.  -O2 was always mostly unsupported
> together with -g (=debuggingo information).  For -O2 -g you should use the
> latest GCC - SVN HEAD best - and definitely at least 4.5 (for VTA
> - var-tracking-assignments).
>
> Besides resolving this -O2 -g problem at GCC the easy way is always to just
> `disassemble' the code in GDB, guess from the code+source in which
> register/memory is the value probably located and access it directly there.

I tried compile the kernel with -O1 -g but it still fail.
does that mean only program compiled with -O0 -g will not get the
error message when trying to see the variable?
appreciate your help,
miloody



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