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HOWTO ===== First, you have to know there are several boards supported by the software. Those boards use a chip to translate from USB to JTAG commands. The chip is called stlink and there are 2 versions: . STLINKv1, present on STM32VL discovery kits, . STLINKv2, present on STM32L discovery and later kits. 2 different transport layers are used: . STLINKv1 uses SCSI passthru commands over USB, . STLINKv2 uses raw USB commands. Common requirements ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . libusb-1.0 (You probably already have this, but you'll need the development version to compile) . pkg-config IF YOU HAVE AN STLINKv1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The STLINKv1's SCSI emulation is very broken, so the best thing to do is tell your operating system to completely ignore it. Options (do one of these before you plug it in) *) modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage quirks=483:3744:i or *)1. add "options usb-storage quirks=483:3744:i" to /etc/modprobe.conf *)2. modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage or *)1. cp stlink_v1.modprobe.conf /etc/modprobe.d *)2. modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage IF YOU HAVE AN STLINKv2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You're ready to go :) To run the gdb server, do (you do not need sudo if you have set up permissions correctly): $ make && [sudo] ./st-util There are a few options: ./st-util - usage: -h, --help Print this help -vXX, --verbose=XX specify a specific verbosity level (0..99) -v, --verbose specify generally verbose logging -s X, --stlink_version=X Choose what version of stlink to use, (defaults to 2) -1, --stlinkv1 Force stlink version 1 -p 4242, --listen_port=1234 Set the gdb server listen port. (default port: 4242) Then, in gdb: (remember, you need to run an _ARM_ gdb, not an x86 gdb) (gdb) target remote :4242 Have fun! Resetting the chip from GDB =========================== You may reset the chip using GDB if you want. You'll need to use `target extended-remote' command like in this session: (gdb) target extended-remote localhost:4242 Remote debugging using localhost:4242 0x080007a8 in _startup () (gdb) kill Kill the program being debugged? (y or n) y (gdb) run Starting program: /home/whitequark/ST/apps/bally/firmware.elf Remember that you can shorten the commands. `tar ext :4242' is good enough for GDB. Setting up udev rules ===================== For convenience, you may install udev rules file, 49-stlinkv*.rules, located in the root of repository. You will need to copy it to /etc/udev/rules.d, and then either reboot or execute $ udevadm control --reload-rules Udev will now create a /dev/stlinkv2_XX or /dev/stlinkv1_XX file, with the appropriate permissions. This is currently all the device is for, (only one stlink of each version is supported at any time presently) Running programs from SRAM ========================== You can run your firmware directly from SRAM if you want to. Just link it at 0x20000000 and do (gdb) load firmware.elf It will be loaded, and pc will be adjusted to point to start of the code, if it is linked correctly (i.e. ELF has correct entry point). Writing to flash ================ The GDB stub ships with a correct memory map, including the flash area. If you would link your executable to 0x08000000 and then do (gdb) load firmware.elf then it would be written to the memory. FAQ === Q: My breakpoints do not work at all or only work once. A: Optimizations can cause severe instruction reordering. For example, if you are doing something like `REG = 0x100;' in a loop, the code may be split into two parts: loading 0x100 into some intermediate register and moving that value to REG. When you set up a breakpoint, GDB will hook to the first instruction, which may be called only once if there are enough unused registers. In my experience, -O3 causes that frequently. Q: At some point I use GDB command `next', and it hangs. A: Sometimes when you will try to use GDB `next' command to skip a loop, it will use a rather inefficient single-stepping way of doing that. Set up a breakpoint manually in that case and do `continue'. Currently known working combinations of programmer and target ============================================================= STLink v1 (as found on the 32VL Discovery board) Known Working Targets: * STM32F100xx (Medium Density VL) * STM32F103 (according to jpa- on ##stm32) No information: * everything else! STLink v2 (as found on the 32L and F4 Discovery boards) Known Working Targets: * STM32F100xx (Medium Density VL, as on the 32VL Discovery board) * STM32L1xx (STM32L Discovery board) * STM32F107RC, STM32L151RB, STM32F205RE and STM32F405RE on a custom boards (https://github.com/UweBonnes/wiki_fuer_alex/layout/usps...) * STM32F407xx (STM32F4 Discovery board) Please report any and all known working combinations so I can update this!