[Lldb-commits] LLGS for Free/NetBSD (was: Re: [PATCH] D25756: FreeBSD ARM support for software single step.)

Kamil Rytarowski via lldb-commits lldb-commits at lists.llvm.org
Mon Oct 24 12:38:06 PDT 2016

On 24.10.2016 20:38, Ed Maste wrote:
> On 24 October 2016 at 06:26, Pavel Labath <labath at google.com> wrote:
>> It's not my place to tell you how to work, but I'd recommend a
>> different approach to this. If you base your work on the current
>> FreeBSD in-process plugin, then when you get around to actually
>> implementing remote support, you will find that you will have to
>> rewrite most of what you have already done to work with lldb-server,
>> as it uses completely different class hierarchies and everything. I'd
>> recommend starting with lldb-server right away. It's going to be a bit
>> more work as (I assume) freebsd implementation is closer to what you
>> need than linux, but I think it will save you time in the long run. I
>> can help you with factoring out any linux-specific code that you
>> encounter.
> I definitely second the approach Pavel suggests here, and am happy to
> work with others on refactoring the Linux lldb-server so that we can
> get it to support both FreeBSD and NetBSD at the same time.
> A direct port of the current FreeBSD support probably would result in
> a basic level of support running sooner, but that work would be
> largely thrown away in a future migration to lldb-server.

I will take your recommended path as it will lead to the same goal.

I will try to shorten my initial work on ptrace(2) leaving additional
features+tests for later and jump to lldb-server as soon as possible.

For start, before switching to process plugin stage is to extend NetBSD
ptrace(2) with the following features:

 - PT_LWPINFO extend struct ptrace_lwpinfo with additional fields used
in LLDB in the current FreeBSD process code (pl_flags, pl_child_pid,

 - PT_GETNUMLWPS - number of kernel threads associated with the traced

 - PT_GETLWPLIST - get the current thread list,

 - PT_SUSPEND - suspend the specified thread,

 - PT_RESUME - resume the specified thread.

I need to add basic tests for new ptrace(2) calls in our automated test
infrastructure in order to get this code accepted.

I will reschedule debug registers and additional ptrace(2) calls for the
end, if time will permit.

I will also add support in LLDB for handling NetBSD Real-Time signals
(SIGRTMIN..SIGRTMAX) as it was already implemented during the latest
GSoC for NetBSD (thanks Google!).

I might need some guidance from LLDB developers (I prefer via IRC and
the dedicated LLDB channel) and maybe proof reading of patches and
debugging issues. I consider that the difficult part is not adapting
FreBSD or Linux specific implementation for NetBSD, but taking
everything to work.

My ultimate deadline for the overall LLDB work is February 28th, 2017 -
as I'm switching to Swift port for NetBSD *.

This work is sponsored by The NetBSD Foundation. If you like it, please
consider supporting it by making a donation.

* http://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/funded_contract_2016_2017

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