[PATCH v2 0/9] arm64: KVM: debug infrastructure support

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Wed May 28 03:11:38 PDT 2014

On 28/05/14 10:58, Christoffer Dall wrote:
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:56:45AM +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> On 25/05/14 16:34, Christoffer Dall wrote:
>>> On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 05:55:36PM +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>>>> This patch series adds debug support, a key feature missing from the
>>>> KVM/arm64 port.
>>>> The main idea is to keep track of whether the debug registers are
>>>> "dirty" (changed by the guest) or not. In this case, perform the usual
>>>> save/restore dance, for one run only. It means we only have a penalty
>>>> if a guest is actively using the debug registers.
>>>> The amount of registers is properly frightening, but CPUs actually
>>>> only implement a subset of them. Also, there is a number of registers
>>>> we don't bother emulating (things having to do with external debug and
>>>> OSlock).
>>> What is the rationale about not having to deal with external debug and
>>> OSlock?
>> External debug is when you actually plug a physical JTAG into the CPU.
>> OSlock is a way to prevent "other software" to play with the debug
>> registers. My understanding is that it is only useful in combination
>> with the external debug.
>> In both case, implementing support for this is probably not worth the
>> effort, at least for the time being.
> OK, can we document that somewhere clearly in the code then so we know
> how we can simply ignore those registers?

Sure. I'll add some documentation.


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