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Re: [RFC] Register sets

   I'd really rather not enforce that - remote can provide regsets that
   BFD doesn't know about, and the ".reg" names would look silly being
   defined as part of the remote protocol.  My instinct says that the
   flexibility is worthwhile so that the two implementation details don't
   become coupled.

I'm with Daniel here.  For most OS'es the corefile format isn't under
our control, and some of these formats simply don't make too much
sense.  We shouldn't be forced to use those in the remote protocol.
And I don't think BFD should do a transformation on the corefile data
when it turns the register data into a section.

... but here there is no suggestion that BFD should transform the corefile data when it is turned into register data, in fact the oposite is true. The intent is for just GDB to know how to pack/unpack these regsets and then have BFD, proc, ptrace and the remote target all xfer uninterpreted bytes. The natural format for those uninterpreted bytes is what ever is specified by the system being debugged.

This would let gdbserver thin down to the point where it only needed to know how to xfer those raw bytes - no need to repack them into a standard G packet.

Of course a heavy weight gdbserver could also use this regset code to repack bits into G and other packets before shipping them back to GDB.

> As for the architecture, supply_regset needs this. It might, for > instance, be an x86-64 method supplying registers to an i386 register cache.

   It needs the regcache's architecture, but I don't believe it needs any
   other.  The method will be defined for a particular regcache layout,
   which incorporates all of the information it needs about the other
   involved architecture.  We could get the regcache's architecture from
   the regcache, or pass it explicitly.

See my reply to Daniels message earlier in this thread.  Oh, and I do
think we should get the GDBARCH from the REGCACHE.  We already can do
this for a frame so it makes sense to do it for a register cache too.
It's straightforward and I'll implement it this weekend.

right (so my miss reading was correct :-)


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