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

Palmer Dabbelt palmer at sifive.com
Mon Dec 10 21:04:25 UTC 2018

On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:04:22 PST (-0800), paul.burton at mips.com wrote:
> 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():
>   arm
>   arm64
>   hexagon
>   nds32
>   powerpc
>   riscv
>   sparc
>   um
>   x86
> 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.

We (RISC-V) default to compiling without frame pointers.  I'm not sure if it 
even makes sense have frame_pointer() on RISC-V, as it'll usually return 

>> 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.
> Thanks,
>     Paul

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