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RE: [patch v6 21/21] record-btrace: add (reverse-)stepping support
- From: "Metzger, Markus T" <markus dot t dot metzger at intel dot com>
- To: Jan Kratochvil <jan dot kratochvil at redhat dot com>
- Cc: "gdb-patches at sourceware dot org" <gdb-patches at sourceware dot org>
- Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:48:29 +0000
- Subject: RE: [patch v6 21/21] record-btrace: add (reverse-)stepping support
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> > @item btrace
> > -Hardware-supported instruction recording. This method does not allow
> > -replaying and reverse execution.
> > +Hardware-supported instruction recording. This method does not record
> > +data. It allows limited replay and reverse execution.
> As discussed in
> the documentation should mention the full history is usually not kept as the
> btrace buffer commonly overflows. Otherwise user may be curious why the
> btrace history is always relatively short.
I added a sentence to describe this in the documentation.
> I would see it worth a comment even in
> (gdb) help record btrace
> Start branch trace recording.
I don't think that this is necessary or helpful. If we start documenting the
trace size here, we should also say that trace is collected per thread with
no correlation between threads and that tracing induces a run-time overhead
and that it may also affect thread interleaving which may cause bug symptoms
to disappear, and ....
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