Re: [PATCH v2] arm64:kgdb: Fix kernel single-stepping

From: Corey Minyard
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 - 09:50:53 EST

On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 02:21:36PM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> On 2020-02-19 15:24, minyard@xxxxxxx wrote:
> > From: Corey Minyard <cminyard@xxxxxxxxxx>
> [...]
> > After studying the EL0 handling for this, I realized an issue with using
> > MDSCR to check if single step is enabled: it can be expensive on a VM.
> > So check the task flag first to see if single step is enabled. Then
> > check MDSCR if the task flag is set.
> Very tangential remark: I'd really like people *not* to try and optimize
> Linux based on the behaviour of a hypervisor. In general, reading a
> system register is fast, and the fact that it traps on a given hypervisor
> at some point may not be true in the future, nor be a valid assumption
> across hypervisors.

Normally I would agree, but I based this upon git commit
which seemed to say that it was a significant enough factor to do in the
EL0 case.


> M.
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