target/cortex_a: enable DSCR_HALT_DBG_MODE during examine 83/4783/2
authorAntonio Borneo <>
Mon, 3 Dec 2018 17:50:43 +0000 (18:50 +0100)
committerMatthias Welwarsky <>
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:22:55 +0000 (13:22 +0000)
target/cortex_a: enable DSCR_HALT_DBG_MODE during examine

Arm architecture reference manual DDI0406C reports at page 2024 in
table C3-1 the processor behaviour on debug events depending on
the debug-mode (none, monitor or halt), mode selected through the
bits MDBGen and HDBGen in DSCR register.

The halt request is served independently from the debug-mode. Thus
it's useless to enable the halt debug-mode in cortex_a_halt() by
setting the bit HDBGen (macro DSCR_HALT_DBG_MODE).

On the other side, halting for a breakpoint, a watchpoint or a
vector catch requires being in halt debug-mode.
Today HDBGen is set only in cortex_a_halt(), so we are forced to
halt the core at least once before it can be halted for hitting a
breakpoint/watchpoint/vector-catch. This is annoying since there
is no need to halt the target to set a HW breakpoint.

Move in cortex_a_init_debug_access() the selection of the halt
debug-mode, so the mode is set during examine.
To prevent a misconfigured hardware breakpoint/watchpoint/vector
catch to halt the target when OpenOCD has already quit, return to
debug-mode none at OpenOCD exit.

Change-Id: I68a1c51de3572ca1b89e90caf7eb20374268e926
Signed-off-by: Antonio Borneo <>
Tested-by: jenkins
Reviewed-by: Matthias Welwarsky <>

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