ARM® DS-5™ Using the Debugger

Version 5.3

List of Topics

Conventions and feedback
Getting started with the debugger
About the debugger
Debugger concepts
Launching the debugger from Eclipse
Launching the debugger from the command-line console
DS-5 Debug perspective keyboard shortcuts
DS-5 Debugger command-line console keyboard shortcuts
Configuring and connecting to a target
Types of target connections
Configuring a connection to an RTSM model
Configuring a connection to a Linux target using gdbserver
Configuring a connection to a Linux Kernel
Configuring a connection to a bare metal target
Disconnecting from a target
Controlling execution
About loading an image on to the target
About loading debug information into the debugger
Running an image
About breakpoints and watchpoints
Setting an execution breakpoint
Setting a data watchpoint
Setting a conditional breakpoint
Setting breakpoints on a specific thread
Pending breakpoints and watchpoints
Stepping through an application
Handling Unix signals
Handling processor exceptions
Configuring the debugger path substitution rules
Examining the target
Examining the target execution environment
Examining the call stack
Debugging embedded systems
About debugging multi-threaded applications
About debugging shared libraries
About debugging Linux kernel modules
Debugging with command scripts
Creating a debugger script file
Running a debugger script file in Eclipse
Controlling runtime messages
About semihosting and top of memory
Working with semihosting
Enabling automatic semihosting support in the debugger
Controlling semihosting messages using the command-line console
Controlling the output of logging messages
About Log4j configuration files
Customizing the output of logging messages from the debugger
Reading and writing to flash memory
Registering a new flash algorithm
Writing an image to flash memory
Working with the Snapshot Viewer
Creating a Snapshot Viewer initialization file
About the Snapshot Viewer
Connecting to the Snapshot Viewer
Considerations when creating debugger scripts for the Snapshot Viewer
DS-5 Debug perspective and views
App Console view
ARM Asm Info view
ARM assembler editor
Breakpoints view
C/C++ editor
Commands view
Debug Control view
Disassembly view
Expressions view
History view
Memory view
Modules view
Registers view
Screen view
Scripts view
Target view
Trace view
Variables view
Breakpoint properties dialog box
Watchpoint properties dialog box
Manage Signals dialog box
Debug Configurations - Connection tab
Debug Configurations - Files tab
Debug Configurations - Debugger tab
Debug Configurations - Arguments tab
Debug Configurations - Environment tab
DS-5 Debugger menu and toolbar icons
ARM Linux problems and solutions
Enabling internal logging from the debugger
Target connection problems and solutions

List of Figures

1. Load File dialog box
2. Load additional debug information dialog box
3. Setting an execution breakpoint
4. Setting a data watchpoint
5. Setting a conditional breakpoint
6. Multiple statement breakpoints
7. Breakpoint Properties dialog box
8. Debug Control view
9. Managing signal handler settings
10. Manage exception handler settings
11. Source Not Found warning
12. Path Substitution dialog box
13. Edit Substitute Path dialog box
14. Examine the target execution
15. Debug Control view
16. Threading call stacks in the Debug Control view
17. Adding individual shared library files
18. Modifying the shared library search paths
19. History view
20. Scripts view
21. Typical layout between top of memory, stack, and heap
22. Memory map showing flash regions
23. App Console view
24. ARM assembler editor
25. Breakpoints view
26. C/C++ editor
27. Show disassembly for selected source line
28. Commands view
29. Content Assist
30. Debug Control view
31. Disassembly view
32. Expressions view
33. History view
34. Memory view
35. Modules view showing shared libraries
36. Modules view showing an operating system module
37. Registers view
38. Screen view
39. Scripts view
40. Target view
41. Trace view
42. Variables view
43. Breakpoint properties dialog box
44. Watchpoint properties dialog box
45. Managing signal handler settings
46. Manage exception handler settings
47. Connection configuration for a model using VFS
48. File system configuration for an application on a model
49. Debugger configuration to set starting point and search paths
50. Application arguments configuration
51. Setting up target environment variables
52. Environment configuration for a model

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Revision History
Revision AJune 2010First release for DS-5
Revision BSeptember 2010Update for DS-5
Revision CNovember 2010Update for DS-5 version 5.3
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