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Subject[PATCH v2 2/2] docs: disable KASLR when debugging kernel
commit 6807c84652b0 ("x86: Enable KASLR by default") enables KASLR
by default on x86. While KASLR will confuse gdb which resolve kernel
symbol address from symbol table of vmlinux. We should turn off KASLR for
kernel debugging.

Signed-off-by: Zhouyi Zhou <>
Reviewed-by: Kieran Bingham <>
Documentation/dev-tools/gdb-kernel-debugging.rst | 6 ++++--
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/gdb-kernel-debugging.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/gdb-kernel-debugging.rst
index 5e93c9b..60fec6d 100644
--- a/Documentation/dev-tools/gdb-kernel-debugging.rst
+++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/gdb-kernel-debugging.rst
@@ -31,12 +31,13 @@ Setup
CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_REDUCED off. If your architecture supports
CONFIG_FRAME_POINTER, keep it enabled.

-- Install that kernel on the guest.
+- Install that kernel on the guest, turn off KASLR if necessary by adding
+ "nokaslr" to the kernel command line.
Alternatively, QEMU allows to boot the kernel directly using -kernel,
-append, -initrd command line switches. This is generally only useful if
you do not depend on modules. See QEMU documentation for more details on
- this mode.
+ this mode. In this case, you should build the kernel with
+ CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_BASE disabled if the architecture supports KASLR.

- Enable the gdb stub of QEMU/KVM, either

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