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Re: gdb vs. gdbserver with -mips3 / 32bitmode userspace

To: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Subject: Re: gdb vs. gdbserver with -mips3 / 32bitmode userspace
From: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 11:44:24 -0500
Cc: Johannes Stezenbach <>,
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On Tue, Jan 31, 2006 at 05:36:13PM +0000, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Jan 2006, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> > I think (maybe in error ;-), that all binaries compiled for
> > a 32bit ABI, but a 64bit ISA, have this flag set, as the kernel
> > will refuse to execute 64bt code (i.e. not o32 or n32 ABI). Therefore,
> > shouldn't gdb also evaluate this flag when deciding about the ISA
> > register size?
>  O32 implies 32-bit registers no matter what ISA is specified (while 
> o32/MIPS-III is effectively o32/MIPS-II, o32/MIPS-IV makes a difference), 
> therefore it's a bug.  You should try sending your proposal to 
> <> instead.  But I smell the problem is 
> elsewhere -- mips_isa_regsize() shouldn't be called for the "cooked" 
> registers and these are ones you should only see under Linux or, as a 
> matter of fact, any hosted environment.  See mips_register_type() for a 
> start.

All of this code is flat-out wrong, as far as I'm concerned.  I have a
project underway which will fix it, as a nice side effect.

GDB is trying to do something confusing, but admirable, here.  When
you're running on a 64-bit system the full 64 bits are always there:
even if the binary only uses half of them (is this true in Linux?  I
don't remember if the relevant control bits get fudged, it's been a
while; it's definitely true on some other systems).  Thus it's possible
for a bogus instruction to corrupt the top half of a register, leading
to otherwise inexplicable problems.

So if the remote stub knows about 64-bit registers, it should report
them to GDB, and GDB should accept and display them, and still handle
32-bit frames.  If the remote stub doesn't, then there's no option but
to report the 32-bit registers.

Really, GDB ought to (and soon will I hope) autodetect which ones were

Daniel Jacobowitz

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