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Remote debugging involves running a gdb server on the AVR32 target board, and a gdb debugger on a desktop machine. I will only cover debugging using TCP/IP (ethernet) connections.

First, you will need the gdbserver application loaded onto the AVR32 board. You can find the sources for gdbserver in the BSP 2.0 package. The source is in the following directory: gdb/gdb/gdbserver. You can build it like this:

./configure --host=avr32-linux --prefix=/usr/avr32-linux PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/avr32-linux/lib/pkgconfig

Copy the executables to your AVR32 board. Now you are ready to debug.

Now make sure the application you intend to debug is compiled with debugging symbols by using

CFLAGS="-O0 -g3 -I/usr/avr32-linux/include"
or whatever ./configure options you have available.

Start the gdb server on the AVR32 board using a serial console or ssh. Start it like this:

gdbserver buggyprog
With being the IP address of the AVR32 board. You will see the following output:
Process buggyprog created; pid = 448
Listening on port 12345

Now, from your desktop machine, you can run avr32-linux-gdb. Run it from within the source directory of "buggyprog". You will see the message

Remote debugging from host
when you have successfully connected. Run it like so:

gdb programname

(Optional) If you want to step into shared libraries explicitly loaded by your program with dlopen at runtime, tell gdb where to find them with a command like set solib-search-path /usr/avr32-linux/lib

Tell gdb to connect to the remote gdbserver: target remote

Then set a breakpoint, e.g. break main and continue execution: cont

You can also use a graphical debugger like kdbg or insight, by doing the following. First, you must start kdbg from within the source directory like this: kdbg -r buggyprog Then click Settings->Global Options and enter avr32-linux-gdb --fullname --nx into the text box for "How to invoke gdb".

Remote debugging with AVR32Studio (a.k.a. Eclipse CDT)

Setting up the target

1. Make sure your AVR32 board has a user setup with the password set to be able to login succesfully using dropbear (ssh)

2. Make sure uClibc is compiled with debugging options enabled

3. Make sure that the application you intend to debug is compiled with debugging symbols and has not been stripped.

Setting up the debugging IDE (Eclipse)

1. Click Window->Open Perspective->Other

2. Select Debug

3. Click Window->Show View->Other

4. Select C/C++ Projects

5. In the Projects pane right-click and select New->Project

6. Click Standard Make AVR32 C/C++ Project

7. Name the project, select the proper MCU type, and AVR32 Linux Executable

8. Right-click the newly created project in the project pane and select Import

9. Select General->Filesystem

10. Navigate to the project folder you want to debug

11. Check the project box and select Create complete folder structure, click finish

12. From the menu bar, click Run->Debug

13. Right click C/C++ Remote Application and select New

14. Under the Main tab, click the New Connection button.

15. Select AVR32 Linux and click Next

16. give the connection a meaningful name and enter the hostname or IP address of the target

17. Click Next and then click Finish

18. in the Main tab, click the Search Project button and select the binary you want to debug.

19. In the Remote Path for C/C++ Executable, enter the path to the executable on the target

20. Check the box Skip download to target path if you don't want to download the file over ftp before debugging.

21. Under the Arguments tab enter any command line arguments to pass to the executable on startup

22. Under the Debugger tab, in the Main tab enter avr32-linux-gdb. Make sure that the location of avr32-linux-gdb is in your path (i.e. /usr/bin)

23. Click the Apply button below, then click Debug.

24. Eclipse will upload the binary to the target using FTP (if you chose to do so) and then login using SSH to start the gdbserver on the target.

25. After the gdbserver starts, the source pane will open up to the main() entry point in the source code.

26. You are now debugging!

r4 - 2009-02-05 - 13:17:23 - JohnVoltz
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