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Re: [PATCH 2/3] kgdb, mips: add arch support for the kernel's kgdb core

Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/3] kgdb, mips: add arch support for the kernel's kgdb core
From: Atsushi Nemoto <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:05:12 +0900 (JST)
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On Fri, 25 Jul 2008 23:52:33 +0900 (JST), Atsushi Nemoto <> 
> > It seem ok to me to try it.  Here is version 3 of the patch, which I was 
> > going to send to Ralf.
> Thanks, it works for me with serial_txx9 kgdboc module.

BTW, is FRAME_POINTER mandatory for kgdb?  I agree that FRAME_POINTER
(ie. -fno-omit-frame-pointer -fno-optimize-sibling-calls) helps source
level debugging, but I think transparency is more important.

Now kgdboc can be loaded/activated at run-time, so I want to enable
CONFIG_KGDB usually.  But CONFIG_FRAME_POINTER introduces runtime
overhead on overall kernel, which is too bad (at least on MIPS).

Also, selecting FRAME_POINTER (which is not selectable on MIPS)
unconditionally looks somewhat inconsistent.

So ... Is this patch reasonable?

Subject: kgdb: Do not select FRAME_POINTER on MIPS

Signed-off-by: Atsushi Nemoto <>
diff --git a/lib/Kconfig.kgdb b/lib/Kconfig.kgdb
index a5d4b1d..cc61bf0 100644
--- a/lib/Kconfig.kgdb
+++ b/lib/Kconfig.kgdb
@@ -7,7 +7,7 @@ config HAVE_ARCH_KGDB
 menuconfig KGDB
        bool "KGDB: kernel debugging with remote gdb"
-       select FRAME_POINTER
+       select FRAME_POINTER if !MIPS
        depends on HAVE_ARCH_KGDB
        depends on DEBUG_KERNEL && EXPERIMENTAL

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