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From: Tim Newsome <>
To: Andrew Burgess <>
Cc: gdb <>
Subject: Re: gdb doesn't notice when a target resumes
Date: Fri, 6 May 2022 10:45:47 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Thanks, Andrew. That's pretty much my understanding too. In an ideal world
gdb would have full control of the hardware, but that's unfortunately not
the world we live in.


On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 1:58 AM Andrew Burgess <> wrote:

> Tim Newsome <> writes:
> > In a setup like this:
> > gdb --- OpenOCD --- hardware target
> >
> > I can download a program, debug, everything is fine. Let's say we're
> halted
> > somewhere.
> > Now something happens that causes the hardware target to be running again
> > and no longer halted. OpenOCD notices quickly because it polls the
> target.
> > But gdb doesn't ever notice that the target was resumed. There doesn't
> > appear to be a notification packet
> > <
> >
> > for
> > OpenOCD to even communicate to gdb that the target has resumed.
> >
> > Am I missing something? Have people attempted to tackle this problem?
> The following is my understanding, others might have a better
> understanding that contradicts what I say here.
> GDB expects to be the one driving the state of the target.  It's not
> expected that the target will just resume execution without GDB being
> the one to set the target resumed.
> And that makes sense I think.  GDB is primarily a debugger.  If, as a
> user, I stop the target in order to examine the state, and the hardware
> suddenly resumes execution, that's a pretty poor user experience I
> think.
> Depending on what the "something" is that sets the target running, you
> might have more luck if that "something" could instead tell GDB to
> resume the target.
> Otherwise you'd need to change GDB I think.  Maybe non-stop mode could
> support the concept of the targtet asynchronously resuming... but I
> suspect it would not be a trivial addition.
> Thanks,
> Andrew

      reply	other threads:[~2022-05-06 17:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-05-04 19:46 Tim Newsome
2022-05-05  8:58 ` Andrew Burgess
2022-05-06 17:45   ` Tim Newsome [this message]

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