[ECOS] GDB stubs in ROM?

Sarah A Bailey saharabeara@gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 04:31:00 GMT 2006

I've been working on code that uses eCos on the LPC2148.  My question
is fairly straightforward:  Can I run GDB stubs if I build eCos in

The answer seems to be no so far, but I thought I'd double check with
other developers.  I searched the internet and mailing lists for an
answer, but the best I could find was from the eCos mailing list.[1]
It basically said it's fairly difficult, and requires hardware support
for hardware breakpoints.

I've tried compiling eCos with GDB stubs in ROM, but I cannot set
software or hardware breakpoints in the code.  I also can't continue.

(gdb) set debug remote 1
(gdb) hbreak cyg_user_start
Hardware assisted breakpoint 1 at 0x5fc: file blinky.c, line 90.
(gdb) continue
Sending packet: $Z0,89fc,4#50...Ack
Packet received:
Packet Z0 (software-breakpoint) is NOT supported
Sending packet: $m89fc,4#07...Ack
Packet received: 0000a0e3
Sending packet: $X89fc,0:#28...Ack
Packet received: OK
binary downloading suppported by target
Sending packet: $X89fc,4:\001\000\237ï#bb...Ack
Packet received: E03
Sending packet: $Z1,5fc,4#15...Ack
Packet received:
Packet Z1 (hardware-breakpoint) is NOT supported
Cannot insert breakpoint -2.
Error accessing memory address 0x89fc: Input/output error.
Cannot insert hardware breakpoint 1.
Could not insert hardware breakpoints:
You may have requested too many hardware breakpoints/watchpoints.

0x89fc is the address of main().  I had to explicitly call
breakpoint() in order for the GDB stubs to work at all.  If I didn't
explicitly call breakpoint(), the hardware wouldn't respond to any GDB
packets and CTRL-C would not stop the processor.

I'm planning on getting a JTAG tool, but I was hoping to get some work
done before it arrives.  It would be difficult to debug without GDB.

Sarah Bailey

[1] http://sources.redhat.com/ml/ecos-discuss/2003-03/msg00179.html

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