[PATCH v5 24/25] ptrace: add PTRACE_GET_SYSCALL_INFO request

Paul Burton paul.burton at mips.com
Mon Dec 10 18:04:22 UTC 2018

Hi Dmitry,

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 07:09:40PM +0300, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
> We decided to add .frame_pointer to struct ptrace_syscall_info just for
> consistency with .instruction_pointer and .stack_pointer; I must have been
> misled by comments in asm-generic/ptrace.h into thinking that
> frame_pointer() is universally available across architectures.

Is it correct to say that you're using frame_pointer() purely on user
register state, not kernel?

If so then one option would be to define it for MIPS as something like:

    static inline unsigned long frame_pointer(struct pt_regs *regs)
    	return regs->regs[30];

My concern with that though would be that providing frame_pointer()
unconditionally might mislead people into thinking that the kernel
always has frame pointers, when in reality current MIPS kernels never
do. In fact a comment in MIPS' asm/ptrace.h seems to suggest the lack of
frame_pointer() is intentional for exactly that reason:

> Don't use asm-generic/ptrace.h it defines FP accessors that don't make
> sense on MIPS.  We rather want an error if they get invoked.

Looking across architectures though MIPS isn't going to be the only one
missing frame_pointer(). With a little grepping it appears that these
architectures provide frame_pointer():


That leaves a whole bunch of other architectures (16) which don't have
frame_pointer(), or at least not in a way that I could see at a glance.

> Unlike .instruction_pointer and .stack_pointer that are actually needed
> in strace, .frame_pointer is not used, so from strace PoV we don't really
> need it.
> So the question is, does anybody need a
> struct ptrace_syscall_info.frame_pointer?
> If yes, how can frame_pointer() be defined on MIPS?
> Or should we just forget about making sense of frame_pointer() and remove
> struct ptrace_syscall_info.frame_pointer from the proposed API?

So, along these lines my suggestion would be to avoid it if you don't
really need it anyway.


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