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Re: self decompressing code

Jafa wrote:
> Hi all,
> This isn't a problem with GDB but I would appreciate your advice on a usage
> model....
> The ip2k is an embedded processor and we compile a single elf file to be
> used to program and debug the ip2k which executes out of internal flash.
> External flash can also be used and I have just added code to remote-ip2k.c
> to program external flash.
> The image that is uploaded to external flash is a compressed upgrade image.
> When the chip boots up it will decompress code/data to internal flash and
> external flash.
> This scheme works well except for two problems:
> 1) GDB downloads the .text section even though it is not needed and is
> overwritten. If I change the section flags such that the .text section is
> not loadable then GDB complains that it can't debug the file.

What's in the text section that isn't needed?
Can you just create a dummy text section that is small, 
so that it won't take long to DL and can be ignored?

> 2) Any breakpoints that are inserted are overwritten - I need to add a break
> on the reset vector.

I don't understand -- why would any breakpoints be inserted at the
time when you're doing a download?  GDB only inserts breakpoints
when the program being debugged is running.

> Ideas so far:
> 1) Modify the upgrade/decompression code so that it doesn't write the
> internal flash. This would solve the breakpoint problem but is noticably
> slower (it is faster to upload the compressed image) and the scheme will be
> difficult to modify.
> 2) Modify gdb so it ignores the fact that the .text section isn't loadable.
> Add an auto-inserted breakpoint on the reset vector.
> If you have any thoughts or ideas I would appreciate the advice.

Why can't you just set a normal gdb breakpoint on the reset vector?

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