Commit 8097551d authored by Jason Wessel's avatar Jason Wessel
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kgdb,x86: do not set kgdb_single_step on x86

On an SMP system the kgdb_single_step flag has the possibility to
indefinitely hang the system in the case.  Consider the case where,
CPU 1 has the schedule lock and CPU 0 is set to single step, there is
no way for CPU 0 to run another task.

The easy way to observe the problem is to make 2 cpus busy, and run
the kgdb test suite.  You will see that it hangs the system very

while [ 1 ] ; do find /proc > /dev/null 2>&1 ; done &
while [ 1 ] ; do find /proc > /dev/null 2>&1 ; done &
echo V1 > /sys/module/kgdbts/parameters/kgdbts

The side effect of this patch is that there is the possibility
to miss a breakpoint in the case that a single step operation
was executed to step over a breakpoint in common code.

The trade off of the missed breakpoint is preferred to
hanging the kernel.  This can be fixed in the future by
using kprobes or another strategy to step over planted
breakpoints with out of line execution.

CC: Ingo Molnar <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJason Wessel <>
parent 028e7b17
......@@ -400,7 +400,6 @@ int kgdb_arch_handle_exception(int e_vector, int signo, int err_code,
/* set the trace bit if we're stepping */
if (remcomInBuffer[0] == 's') {
linux_regs->flags |= X86_EFLAGS_TF;
kgdb_single_step = 1;
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