Re: debug registers and fork

From: Andrew Morton <>
Date: 2007-02-28 07:24:27
> On Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:51:54 -0800 Stephane Eranian <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have come across an issue with a monitoring using the
> hardware debug registers on ia64/i386/x86-64.
> It seems that the way debug registers are inherited across fork
> differs between ia-64 and i386/x86-64. On ia-64, the debug registers
> are NEVER inherited in the child. The copy_thread() routine clears
> the necessary thread flags to avoid reloading the debug registers in
> the child.
> Now, on x86-64, it appears that the TIF_DEBUG flag is inherited via
> setup_thread_stack(). By virtue of dup_task_struct() the debug registers
> get copied into the child task on fork. So the child has active breakpoints,
> unless I am mistaken somewhere.
> Given the way the ptrace() interface works, I would tend to
> think that the ia-64 way is the correct one. Any comment?
> Furthermore, on i386/x86-64, when switching out from a task with TIF_DEBUG
> enabled to another which does not, it seems we do not clear the debug
> registers (at least dr7) so they become inactive.

Let's cc Roland - he's totally rewritten ptrace and probably knows this
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