Thanks for reviewing this patch Balbir

Balbir Singh <> writes:

> Any specific issue you've run into without this patch? 
Without this patch since xmon is still accessible via sysrq and there is
no indication/warning on the xmon console mentioning that its is not
fully functional. Specifically xmon-console would still allow user to
set instruction/data breakpoint eventhough they wont work and will
result in a kernel-oops.

Below is command log illustrating this problem on one of my test system
where I tried setting an instruction breakpoint on cmdline_proc_show()
with xmon=off:

~# cat /proc/cmdline 
root=UUID=248ad10e-a272-4187-8672-5b25f701e8b9 ro xmon=off

~# echo 'x' > /proc/sysrq-trigger                                               
[  458.904802] sysrq: SysRq : Entering xmon

[ snip ]

78:mon> ls cmdline_proc_show
cmdline_proc_show: c0000000004196e0
78:mon> bi c0000000004196e0
78:mon> x

~# cat /proc/cmdline
[  505.618702] Oops: Exception in kernel mode, sig: 5 [#1]
[ snip ]
[  505.620082] NIP [c0000000004196e4] cmdline_proc_show+0x4/0x60
[  505.620136] LR [c0000000003b1db0] seq_read+0x130/0x5e0
[  505.620177] Call Trace:
[  505.620202] [c000200e5078fc00] [c0000000003b1d74] seq_read+0xf4/0x5e0 
[  505.620267] [c000200e5078fca0] [c00000000040cae0] proc_reg_read+0xb0/0x110
[  505.620322] [c000200e5078fcf0] [c00000000037687c] __vfs_read+0x6c/0x1b0
[  505.620376] [c000200e5078fd90] [c000000000376a7c] vfs_read+0xbc/0x1b0
[  505.620430] [c000200e5078fde0] [c00000000037724c] SyS_read+0x6c/0x110
[  505.620485] [c000200e5078fe30] [c00000000000b320] system_call+0x58/0x6c
[  505.620536] Instruction dump:
[  505.620570] 3c82ff2a 7fe3fb78 38a00000 3884dee0 4bf98c05 60000000 38210030 
[  505.620656] ebe1fff8 7c0803a6 4e800020 3c4c00d6 <38422120> 7c0802a6 f8010010 
[  505.620728] ---[ end trace eaf583921860b3de ]---
[  506.629019] 
Trace/breakpoint trap

> I presume running xmon=off indicates we don't want xmon to take over in case 
> of
> panic/die/oops, 
I believe that when xmon console is available it should be fully
functional rather than partially, otherwise it gets really confusing to
the user as to why Instruction/Data break points arent working.

> why are we tying this to sysrq?
With xmon=off sysrq seems to be the only way to enter xmon console.

Vaibhav Jain <>
Linux Technology Center, IBM India Pvt. Ltd.

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