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Re: kdb from COM1: doesn't work with ctrl-A

To: sharad.tiwari@xxxxxxxxx (Sharad Tiwari)
Subject: Re: kdb from COM1: doesn't work with ctrl-A
From: <slurn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 10:11:36 -0800 (PST)
Cc: kaos@xxxxxxx (Keith Owens), kdb@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <no.id> from "Sharad Tiwari" at Nov 18, 2002 06:53:52 PM
Sender: kdb-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Hi Keith and the rest of the gang,
> I would like to know some rather basic questions answered. I could not make 
> out much from the available documnetations.
> The following are my questions:
> 1) How is debugging done in a multi-processor environment ?

When an event of interest occurs, kdb will stop all processors. The
processor upon which the event occured will be the active processor
that KDB initially uses; you can switch processors using a kdb command.

> 2) Does kdb/kdgb support debugging in a SMP environment ?

kdb does.   I'm not sure if SMP support was added to kgdb.

> 3) Could anyone let me know the limitations kdb/kgdb has in an SMP 
> environment?
> 4) Can non-maskable interrupts be sent across processors while debugging?

KDB uses NMI's to switch cpu's.    Other than that, NMI's are handled 
normally.  Note that while kdb is running on a CPU, the other CPU's are 
all halted (well, blocked anyway).

> anyone has anyidea of Dprobes limitations and strenghts in the same context, 
> please throw light on the same.

Sorry, don't know anything about Dprobes.


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