Re: [V6,1/9] elf: Add new powerpc specifc core note sections

From: Ulrich Weigand
Date: Wed Apr 08 2015 - 13:51:18 EST

Anshuman Khandual <khandual@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote on 23.03.2015

> > With that in mind, do we have a way to set the top 32bits of the MSR
> > (which contain the TM bits) when ptracing 32 bit processes? I can't
> > find anything like that in this patch set.
> No, we dont have that yet. When ptracing in 32-bit mode the MSR value
> which can be viewed or set from the user space through PTRACE_GETREGS
> PTRACE_SETREGS call is it's lower 32 bits only. Either we can club
> the upper 32 bits of MSR as part of one of the ELF core notes we are
> adding in the patch series or we can create one more separate ELF core
> note for that purpose. Let me know your opinion on this.

I'm not sure I understand this. I thought we had the following:

- If the process calling ptrace is itself 64-bit (which is how GDB is
built on all current Linux distributions), then PTRACE_GETREGS etc.
will *always* operate on 64-bit register sets, even if the target
process is 32-bit.

- If the process calling ptrace is 32-bit, then PTRACE_GETREGS will
operate on 32-bit register sets. However, there is a separate
PTRACE_GETREGS64 / PTRACE_SETREGS64 call that will also provide
the opportunity to operate on the full 64-bit register set. Both
apply independently of whether the target process is 32-bit or

Is this not correct?


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