[PATCH 18/23] tracehook: TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME

From: Roland McGrath
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 03:36:09 EST

This adds tracehook.h inlines to enable a new arch feature in support
of user debugging/tracing. This is not used yet, but it lays the
groundwork for a debugger to be able to wrangle a task that's possibly
running, without interrupting its syscalls in progress.

Each arch should define TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME, and in their entry.S code
treat it much like TIF_SIGPENDING. That is, it causes you to take the
slow path when returning to user mode, where you get the full user-mode
state accessible as for signal handling or ptrace. The arch code
should check TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME after handling TIF_SIGPENDING.
When it's set, clear it and then call tracehook_notify_resume().

In future, tracing code will call set_notify_resume() when it
wants to get a callback in tracehook_notify_resume().

Signed-off-by: Roland McGrath <roland@xxxxxxxxxx>
include/linux/tracehook.h | 34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1 files changed, 34 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/tracehook.h b/include/linux/tracehook.h
index 43bc51b..32867ab 100644
--- a/include/linux/tracehook.h
+++ b/include/linux/tracehook.h
@@ -537,4 +537,38 @@ static inline void tracehook_report_death(struct task_struct *task,

+ * set_notify_resume - cause tracehook_notify_resume() to be called
+ * @task: task that will call tracehook_notify_resume()
+ *
+ * Calling this arranges that @task will call tracehook_notify_resume()
+ * before returning to user mode. If it's already running in user mode,
+ * it will enter the kernel and call tracehook_notify_resume() soon.
+ * If it's blocked, it will not be woken.
+ */
+static inline void set_notify_resume(struct task_struct *task)
+ if (!test_and_set_tsk_thread_flag(task, TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME))
+ kick_process(task);
+ * tracehook_notify_resume - report when about to return to user mode
+ * @regs: user-mode registers of @current task
+ *
+ * This is called when %TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME has been set. Now we are
+ * about to return to user mode, and the user state in @regs can be
+ * inspected or adjusted. The caller in arch code has cleared
+ * %TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME before the call. If the flag gets set again
+ * asynchronously, this will be called again before we return to
+ * user mode.
+ *
+ * Called without locks.
+ */
+static inline void tracehook_notify_resume(struct pt_regs *regs)
+#endif /* TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME */
#endif /* <linux/tracehook.h> */
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