Skip to main content
blob: 36b269ebf46e8dba1559f9e1c800acb3946d346b (plain) (tree)























<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
    <title>Target Communication Framework Services</title>

<body lang='EN-US'>

<h1>Target Communication Framework Services</h1>

<p>Copyright (c) 2007 Wind River Systems, Inc. Made available under the EPL v1.0
<p>Direct comments, questions to the <a href=""></a> mailing list

<h2>Table of Contents</h2>
    <li><a href='#VersionHistory'>Version History</a>
    <li><a href='#Overview'>Overview</a>
    <li><a href='#Syntax'>Syntax Rules Notation</a>
    <li><a href='#ErrorFormat'>Error Report Format</a>
    <li><a href='#Services'>Services</a>

<h2><a name='VersionHistory'>Version History</a></h2>

<table border=1 cellpadding=8>
        <td>Initial contribution
        <td>Enhanced error reporting format, see <a href=''>Bug 232410</a>

<h2><a name='Overview'>Overview</a></h2>

TCF communication model is based on the idea of services. A service is a group of related commands, events and semantics.
For example, <a href='TCF Service - Memory.html'>Memory Service</a> defines group of command and events for
reading and writing target memory.
Service definitions are not part of the <a href='TCF Specification.html'>framework specification</a>, and new services
are expected to be defined by developers of tools and target agents.
Defenitions of standard services are provided to achieve certain level of compatibility between tools and targets.

<h2><a name='Syntax'>Syntax Rules Notation</a></h2>

<p>Format of the protocol messages is defined by syntax rules. Syntax is described
using a simple variant of Backus-Naur Form. In particular:</p>

<ul type='disc'>
    <li>Italic lower case words in a courier font, enclosed into angular brackets, are
    used to denote syntactic categories, for example:&nbsp;<b><i><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>&lt;token&gt;.
    </font></i></b>Category name can be followed by colon and a text, which explains semantics
    of the category, for example: <b><i><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>&lt;int:
    error code&gt;</font></i></b> has same meaning as <b><i><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>&lt;int&gt;</font></i></b>,
    but denotes that the integer number used to indicate an "error code".

    <li>A syntax rule consists of a category designation followed by one or more syntax
    definitions for the category. The category name and each definition are placed on
    separate lines, bullets are used to denote definitions, for example:

<pre><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>
    &rArr; <i>&lt;char&gt;</i>
    &rArr; <i>&lt;chars&gt; &lt;char&gt;</i>

<ul type='disc'>
    <li>Spaces are added for readability only and they are not part of the syntax.

    <li>All text in the category definition, other than categories and spaces, is UTF-8
    based representation of a message bytes.

    <li>The symbol &lsquo;&bull;&rsquo; designates a zero byte.

<h2><a name='ErrorFormat'>Error Report Format</a></h2>

<p>Most of TCF standard services use same format for error reporting:</p>

<pre><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>
<i>&lt;error report&gt;</i>
    &rArr; null
    &rArr; <i>&lt;object: error description&gt;</i>

<p>Empty or null error report means success. Error description provides error details, including
error code and a short, localizable, human readable explanation of the error.</p>

<p>Error description properties are:</p>
    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Code" : <i>&lt;integer&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd>Error code. Can belong to one of predefined ranges:
        <li> 0x0-0xffff Standard TCF codes, includes a limited subset of POSIX errors, and OTHER error code, which
             can be used together with "AltCode"
        <li> 0x10000-0x1ffff Service specific codes
        <li> 0x20000-0x2ffff Reserved codes - will never be used by the TCF standard

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Time" : <i>&lt;integer&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> Error timestamp, in milliseconds since midnight, January 1, 1970 UTC

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Service" : <i>&lt;string&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> Name of the service that reported the error. Required when "Code" is service specific code.

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Format" : <i>&lt;string&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> Error description format supports separation between constant and variable parts
        of error message ("Format" and "Params"). This is done to support localization.
        Format string is expected to allow translation into foreign languages by means of string table lookup.
        The format string syntax is defined in the Java language library
        <b><font face="Courier New" size=2>java.text.MessageFormat</font></b>.
        In order to simplify clients written in other languages, only a subset of the syntax is supported:
         <li> Supported format types: (none), number
         <li> Supported format styles:
             <li> number: (none), "integer", "percent"

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Params" : <i>&lt;array&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> An array of values to be used together with "Format" to create the error message.

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"Severity" : <i>&lt;integer&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> Predefined severity values:
        <li>0 - error (default)
        <li>1 - warning
        <li>2 - fatal

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"AltCode" : <i>&lt;integer&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> Alternative error code.  This can be used to represent,
    for example, OS, POSIX, or other vendor specific error codes

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"AltOrg" : <i>&lt;string&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> ID of organization defining "AltCode", for example "Linux", "VxWorks", "Wind River", etc

    <dt><b><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>"CausedBy" : <i>&lt;object: error description&gt;</i></font></b>
    <dd> A nested error description. Can be used to describe a root cause of this error.

<p>All fields except "Code" are optional.</p>

<p>Standard error codes:
    OTHER               = 1
    JSON_SYNTAX         = 2
    PROTOCOL            = 3
    CHANNEL_CLOSED      = 5
    UNKNOWN_PEER        = 7
    BASE64              = 8
    EOF                 = 9
    ALREADY_STOPPED     = 10
    ALREADY_EXITED      = 11
    ALREADY_RUNNING     = 12
    IS_RUNNING          = 14
    INV_DATA_SIZE       = 15
    INV_CONTEXT         = 16
    INV_ADDRESS         = 17
    INV_EXPRESSION      = 18
    INV_FORMAT          = 19
    INV_NUMBER          = 20
    INV_DWARF           = 21
    SYM_NOT_FOUND       = 22
    UNSUPPORTED         = 23
    INV_DATA_TYPE       = 24
    INV_COMMAND         = 25

<p>Service specific error code definitions, if any, are part of service specfications.
Standard and service specific error codes can be extended over time.  A
client that does not recognize a specific error code should treat it in the
same way as "OTHER".</p>

<p>For encoding of <b><i><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>&lt;object&gt;</font></i></b>,
<b><i><font face="Courier New" size=2 color=#333399>&lt;string&gt;</font></i></b>, etc., see
<a href='TCF Specification.html#JSON'>JSON - Preferred Marshaling</a>.

<h2><a name='Services'>Services</h2>
    <li><a href='TCF Specification.html#Locator'>Locator Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Memory.html'>Memory Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Processes.html'>Processes Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Run Control.html'>Run Control Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Registers.html'>Registers Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Stack Trace.html'>Stack Trace Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Breakpoints.html'>Breakpoints Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - File System.html'>File System Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - System Monitor.html'>System Monitor Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Terminals.html'>Terminals Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Streams.html'>Streams Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Disassembly.html'>Disassembly Service</a>
    <li><a href='TCF Service - Context Query.html'>Context Query Service</a>


Back to the top