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laszlomonda
Contributor IV

Hi there,

As it turns out, blhost segfaults on recent versions of OSX when trying to access the target USB device, making it useless. We've investigated the problem, so let me delve into the details.

OSX version 10.12.5 is certainly affected, however OSX version 10.9.5 and 10.11.6 don't seem to be affected.

We've recompiled blhost on OSX 10.12.5 using Xcode, hoping that it will resolve the issue, but it did not. blhost keeps segfaulting as soon as it tries to access the USB device.

According to our understanding, this happens because OSX recently changed its internal USB library which broke libusb. As a matter of fact, libusb explicitly states that:

On Mac OS X, you must install a codeless kext kernel driver and then reboot, before you will be able communicate with the device. This may not be easy with the release of later Mac OS X versions. So it is not recommended. HIDAPI should be the library of choices if you need Mac OS X support.

There are a lot of other reasons on the linked page why libusb is a poor choice for non-Linux systems and why HIDAPI is so much better.

The above begs the question: When do you plan to fix blhost on OSX? We really do believe that blhost being a HID-only application, the best way forward is HIDAPI.

We rely on blhost quite heavily to enable our customers to upgrade the firmware of our keyboard on all the three major OSes, so an insider answer would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

- Laci

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Hui_Ma
NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

Hi,

Please check Kinetis product team feedback:

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I also attached the KBOOT V2.0 blhost mca tool for your reference.

The related command reference below:

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Wish it helps.


Have a great day,
Ma Hui

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Hui_Ma
NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

Hi,

Please check Kinetis product team feedback:

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I also attached the KBOOT V2.0 blhost mca tool for your reference.

The related command reference below:

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Wish it helps.


Have a great day,
Ma Hui

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epicedium
Contributor II

I just download the 2.0.0 version from the NXP website.

Running blhost on latest OSX (10.13.3) I get...

sudo ./blhost -u -- get-property 1
Segmentation fault: 11

Any ideas? 

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laszlomonda
Contributor IV

blhost is fundamentally unstable on some platforms despite of what NXP states, including various versions of OSX, Linux, and possibly Windows. It is causing problems for our customers.

I think the only solution might be to rewrite blhost using HIDAPI.

An alternative is pyKBoot. This may or may not work.

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laszlomonda
Contributor IV

Thank you for your reply, Ma Hui!

We've just checked blhost with the latest OSX and I can confirm that it does work as expected.

Have a nice day!

- Laci

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Hui_Ma
NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

Hi Laci,

Thank you for the feedback.
I will check this issue with Kinetis product team and let you know later.
Thank you for the patience.

best regards,

Mike

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