This patch extends the cortex_m3 maskisr command by a new option 'auto'.
The 'auto' option handles interrupts during stepping in a way they are
processed but don't disturb the program flow during debugging.
Before one had to choose to either enable or disable interrupts. The former
steps into interrupt handlers when they trigger. This disturbs the flow during
debugging, making it hard to follow some piece of code when interrupts occur
When interrupts are disabled, the flow isn't disturbed but code relying on
interrupt handlers to be processed will stop working. For example a delay
function counting the number of timer interrupts will never complete, RTOS
task switching will not occur and output I/O queues of interrupt driven
I/O will stall or overflow.
Using the 'maskisr' command also typically requires gdb hooks to be supplied
by the user to switch interrupts off during the step and to enable them again
The new 'auto' option of the 'maskisr' command solves the above problems. When
set, the step command allows pending interrupt handlers to be executed before
the step, then the step is taken with interrupts disabled and finally interrupts
are enabled again. This way interrupt processing stays in the background without
disturbing the flow of debugging. No gdb hooks are required. The 'auto'
option is the default, since it's believed that handling interrupts in this
way is suitable for most users.
The principle used for interrupt handling could probably be used for other
Signed-off-by: Spencer Oliver <firstname.lastname@example.org>