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Re: [Qemu-devel] Fwd: Guest VM debug (Int 3 panic)

From: Jan Kiszka
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Fwd: Guest VM debug (Int 3 panic)
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:08:18 +0200
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On 2013-09-25 20:08, Hu Yaohui wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am trying to debug guest OS through qemu with kvm enabled.
> Following is what I have done:
> 1: fire the qemu-kvm
> <snip>
> sudo qemu-system-x86_64 -hda vdisk.img -m 4096 -smp 2 -vnc :2 -boot c -s
> </snip>
> 2: wait until login into guest OS (ubuntu 10.04)
> 3: fire gdb
> <snip>
> gdb vmlinux
> target remote :1234
> b do_fork
> set arch i386:x86-64

"set arch" is unneeded. vmlinux already tells gdb that you are debugging

> c
> </snip>
> 4: after I typed "ls" in guest OS. The guest OS paniced with some message
> related to "int 3 blah blah". Then crashed.
> Someone said we should use hardware breakpoint when kvm is enabled, or

You can use hardware breakpoints as well but it is not required unless
the target code can be overwritten (e.g. due to a reset).

> "monitor system_reset" after set the breakpoint, but it didn't work for me.
> The hardware breakpoint could not been hit anyway.
> I have tried with "-no-kvm", it works normally with breakpoints. But I want
> to debug the guest OS with kvm enabled. I don't know whether someone has
> met this similar situation.

You didn't tell us which version of QEMU (or is it old qemu-kvm?) you
are using, what host kernel and which CPU type (AMD vs. Intel). Did you
try a recent version of all of them already? I'm currently not aware of
gdb problems with QEMU/KVM, I'm rather using it on an almost daily basis
(typically git head versions).

If you want to debug your issue: there is ftrace to record what KVM
events happen, and you can switch gdb into verbose mode as well,
comparing the communication between KVM on/off: set debug remote 1.


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