[Lldb-commits] [lldb] r192159 - Clarify how to handle a thread register context with a gap

Jason Molenda jmolenda at apple.com
Mon Oct 7 19:42:39 PDT 2013

Author: jmolenda
Date: Mon Oct  7 21:42:39 2013
New Revision: 192159

URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project?rev=192159&view=rev
Clarify how to handle a thread register context with a gap
in the middle because of alignment rules.


Modified: lldb/trunk/docs/lldb-gdb-remote.txt
URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project/lldb/trunk/docs/lldb-gdb-remote.txt?rev=192159&r1=192158&r2=192159&view=diff
--- lldb/trunk/docs/lldb-gdb-remote.txt (original)
+++ lldb/trunk/docs/lldb-gdb-remote.txt Mon Oct  7 21:42:39 2013
@@ -300,10 +300,22 @@ As we see above we keep making subsequen
 discover all registers by increasing the number appended to qRegisterInfo and
 we get a response back that is a series of "key=value;" strings. 
-The register offsets may end up describing a register context with gaps.  The
-actual register context structure used may have gaps due to alignment issues.
-Implementations of the g/G packet construction/parsing must handle this padding
-if it exists.  
+The offset: fields should not leave a gap anywhere in the g/G packet -- the
+register values should be appended one after another.  For instance, if the
+register context for a thread looks like 
+struct rctx {
+    uint32_t gpr1;  // offset 0
+    uint32_t gpr2;  // offset 4
+    uint32_t gpr3;  // offset 8
+    uint64_t fp1;   // offset 16
+You may end up with a 4-byte gap between gpr3 and fp1 on architectures
+that align values like this.  The correct offset: value for fp1 is 12 -
+in the g/G packet fp1 will immediately follow gpr3, even though the 
+in-memory thread structure has an empty 4 bytes for alignment between 
+these two registers.
 The keys and values are detailed below:

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