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Subject: kgdb and Linux/MIPS
From: Andreas Busse <>
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 1995 20:36:53 +0200
Hi all,

I have some (limited) success with kgdb. At least, both machines
connect, the GDB on my Intel box happily talks to the Mips and
gets response.
So far, so good. The bad thing is that the usual exception handlers
of Linux/MIPS do not save all registers, nor in the order GDB 
expects them. That leads of course to some mysterious behaviour :-)

Question is: Would it hurt to change the struct pt_regs plus the
the macros SAVE_ALL, RESTORE_ALL and everything related so that
all required registers are saved, or shall I write my own 
SAVE_ALL_GDB and RESTORE_ALL_GDB macros and a new struct containing
the regs ?

GDB expects following regs in this order:

$0 ... $31      ($0 isn't worth to store, I know :-))

Most of them are availabe thru pt_regs. Only zero ($0),
k0 ($26) and k1 ($27) are missing. 

So we have a couple of choices:
a) change struct pt_regs and all associated macros and functions
b) fake the values of zero (always 0 anyway) and k0,k1
c) change GDB

I would favourize a), but b) would also work. Changing GDB
isn't a good idea, I believe.

Any comments?


Andreas Busse                      |
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