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i.MX27 ADS Board Installing OpenOCD and GDB

Installing OpenOCD and GDB i.MX27

This tutorial was tested on i.MX27ADS REV. 2.6 and may not work on other board revision.

Step 0: Installing the FTDI library

The libFTDI is necessary when using JTAG based on FT2232 or others FTDI chips.

LibFTDI need libusb, then install it first:

$ sudo apt-get install libusb-dev 

Download libftdi from http://www.intra2net.com/en/developer/libftdi:

$ wget http://www.intra2net.com/en/developer/libftdi/download/libftdi-0.18.tar.gz 

Now decompress and install it:

$ tar zxvf libftdi-0.18.tar.gz
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Step 1: Compiling OpenOCD

To compile OpenOCD you need to have GCC, Autoconf and automake installed.

Get the OpenOCD source code (we are using rev. 1083):

svn checkout http://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/openocd/trunk openocd --revision 1399 

Create the configure file and Makefile.in:

$ ./bootstrap 

Run configure:

$ ./configure --enable-ft2232_libftdi 


$ make 

Install it:

$ sudo make install 

Step 2: Initializing OpenOCD

Connect your JTAG interface on computer and i.MX27ADS board.

Run OpenOCD passing as parameter the processor config and JTAG interface config:

$ sudo openocd -f interface/myinterface.cfg -f board/imx27ads.cfg 

Replace myinterface.cfg by jtag interface you are using.

In our case we are using Signalyzer Jtag Interface:

$ sudo openocd -f interface/signalyzer.cfg -f board/imx27ads.cfg 

Note: We need to add "jtag_speed 5" on signalyzer.cfg in order to it works on i.MX27ADS.

You will see this init message:

# openocd -f interface/signalyzer.cfg -f board/imx27ads.cfg
Open On-Chip Debugger 1.0 (2009-03-06-08:47) svn:1399

BUGS? Read http://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/openocd/trunk/BUGS

$URL: http://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/openocd/trunk/src/openocd.c $
jtag_speed: 5
dcc downloads are enabled
Info : JTAG tap: imx27.bs tap/device found: 0x1b900f0f (Manufacturer: 0x787, Part: 0xb900, Version: 0x1)
Info : JTAG Tap/device matched 
Info : JTAG tap: imx27.cpu tap/device found: 0x07926121 (Manufacturer: 0x090, Part: 0x7926, Version: 0x0)
Info : JTAG Tap/device matched 
Warn : no telnet port specified, using default port 4444 
Warn : no gdb port specified, using default port 3333 
Warn : no tcl port specified, using default port 6666

Step 3: Creating an ARM GDB tool

If you already have an arm-elf-gdb then skip this step, otherwise go on.

To create an arm GDB enter on LTIB -> Package List and select this:

[*] gdb 
[ ]   gdb to run natively on the target 
[*]   cross gdb (runs on build machine)

It will create the ARM GDB file at ~/ltib-dir/bin/gdb

$ cd /home/alan/ltib-imx27ads-20071219/bin 

Copy this gdb binary to /usr/bin renaming it to arm-elf-gdb:

$ sudo cp gdb /usr/bin/arm-elf-gdb 

Step 4: Debugging an application

You can test the ledtest application to i.MX27ADS supplied by OpenOCD:

Enter in ledtest directory:

$ cd openocd/testing/examples/ledtest-imx27ads 

Run arm-elf-gdb passing as argument the gdbinit_imx27ads file:

$ arm-elf-gdb --command=gdbinit-imx27ads 

You will see this gdb message:

$ arm-elf-gdb --command=gdbinit_imx27ads 
GNU gdb 6.6 
Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. 
GDB is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are 
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions. 
Type "show copying" to see the conditions. 
There is absolutely no warranty for GDB.  Type "show warranty" for details. 
This GDB was configured as "--host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=arm-linux". 
Setting up for the Freescale iMX27 ADS Board. 
The target endianness is set automatically (currently little endian) 
The target may not be able to correctly handle a memory-write-packet-size 
of 1024 bytes. Change the packet size? (y or n) [answered Y; input not from terminal] 
0xc0000260 in ?? () 
JTAG device found: 0x1b900f0f (Manufacturer: 0x787, Part: 0xb900, Version: 0x1) 
JTAG device found: 0x07926121 (Manufacturer: 0x090, Part: 0x7926, Version: 0x0) 
target state: halted 
target halted in ARM state due to debug-request, current mode: Supervisor 
cpsr: 0x200000d3 pc: 0xc0000264 
MMU: disabled, D-Cache: disabled, I-Cache: disabled 
Loading section .text, size 0x13c lma 0xa0000000 
Start address 0xa0000000, load size 316 
Transfer rate: 45963 bits/sec, 316 bytes/write. 
Warning: the current language does not match this frame. 
Breakpoint 1 at 0xa000008c: file test.c, line 12.  

Breakpoint 1, main () at test.c:12 
12                    volatile unsigned char *ledoff = ((volatile unsigned char *)0xD4000008);

Now issue continue (or just c) command and you will see D30 LED blinking!

(arm-gdb) c 

You can repeat this test and issue next (or just n) to debugging line by line then you can see the LED turning on and off. Using step (or just s) is not a good option because it will spend much time on for loop.

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