Re: [PATCH] 2-ptrace_multi

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On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 09:02:22AM -0400, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 05:28:10PM +0200, Renzo Davoli wrote:
> > It is not enough. I am fixing the [GS]ETREGS for ppc32 but it happens
> > that the error number is stored in the register PT_CCR (a.k.a. R38)
> > so I need an extra call to get that, then I need the program counter which is
> > in PT_NIP (R31). [GS]ETREGS for ppc load/store just the range R0-R31.
> > so I need 3 syscalls for each syscall issued by the ptraced process
> > instead of just one.
> Then have you considered changing the regset returned to be actually
> useful?  Especially for ppc32 where you say it was not previously
> implemented?
Then it would be inconsistent with ppc64 where it does exist, and ppc64
has the very same problem.
So the solution would be to patch also the ppc64 [GS]ETREGS breaking
compatibility with existing applications. 

The MULTI proposal was a way to have a fast, simple, safe support.
Fast: one syscall does all
simple: it is a vector of calls with the params of std ptrace calls
safe: if is not a new call, the security checks for ptrace are already
in place
flexible: with [GS]ETREGS you can get only the registers you need
instead of all the registers (this is just an example).
PPC wants to read/write 32 registers, i386 17, x86_64 21 etc,
when maybe just some of the registers are meaningful to your
application. Using [GS]ETREGS, you have to save the entire register set
somewhere to restore them after some changes. This applies also to areas
of memory, and other ptrace commands.
backward compatible: if you did not use it, nothing changes in ptrace

If you do not find this proposal interesting, I'll continue to support
it as a specific patch for umview. I am not here to "sell" any solution.
On the contrary I think it might be useful in many applications.

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