summaryrefslogtreecommitdiff
path: root/Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt
diff options
context:
space:
mode:
authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 15:20:36 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 15:20:36 -0700
commit1da177e4c3f41524e886b7f1b8a0c1fc7321cac2 (patch)
tree0bba044c4ce775e45a88a51686b5d9f90697ea9d /Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt
downloadconfigs-2.6.12-rc2.tar.gz
Linux-2.6.12-rc2v2.6.12-rc2
Initial git repository build. I'm not bothering with the full history, even though we have it. We can create a separate "historical" git archive of that later if we want to, and in the meantime it's about 3.2GB when imported into git - space that would just make the early git days unnecessarily complicated, when we don't have a lot of good infrastructure for it. Let it rip!
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt')
-rw-r--r--Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt130
1 files changed, 130 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt b/Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt
new file mode 100644
index 00000000000..6ce5aa9abbc
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/fujitsu/frv/gdbstub.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,130 @@
+ ====================
+ DEBUGGING FR-V LINUX
+ ====================
+
+
+The kernel contains a GDB stub that talks GDB remote protocol across a serial
+port. This permits GDB to single step through the kernel, set breakpoints and
+trap exceptions that happen in kernel space and interrupt execution. It also
+permits the NMI interrupt button or serial port events to jump the kernel into
+the debugger.
+
+On the CPUs that have on-chip UARTs (FR400, FR403, FR405, FR555), the
+GDB stub hijacks a serial port for its own purposes, and makes it
+generate level 15 interrupts (NMI). The kernel proper cannot see the serial
+port in question under these conditions.
+
+On the MB93091-VDK CPU boards, the GDB stub uses UART1, which would otherwise
+be /dev/ttyS1. On the MB93093-PDK, the GDB stub uses UART0. Therefore, on the
+PDK there is no externally accessible serial port and the serial port to
+which the touch screen is attached becomes /dev/ttyS0.
+
+Note that the GDB stub runs entirely within CPU debug mode, and so should not
+incur any exceptions or interrupts whilst it is active. In particular, note
+that the clock will lose time since it is implemented in software.
+
+
+==================
+KERNEL PREPARATION
+==================
+
+Firstly, a debuggable kernel must be built. To do this, unpack the kernel tree
+and copy the configuration that you wish to use to .config. Then reconfigure
+the following things on the "Kernel Hacking" tab:
+
+ (*) "Include debugging information"
+
+ Set this to "Y". This causes all C and Assembly files to be compiled
+ to include debugging information.
+
+ (*) "In-kernel GDB stub"
+
+ Set this to "Y". This causes the GDB stub to be compiled into the
+ kernel.
+
+ (*) "Immediate activation"
+
+ Set this to "Y" if you want the GDB stub to activate as soon as possible
+ and wait for GDB to connect. This allows you to start tracing right from
+ the beginning of start_kernel() in init/main.c.
+
+ (*) "Console through GDB stub"
+
+ Set this to "Y" if you wish to be able to use "console=gdb0" on the
+ command line. That tells the kernel to pass system console messages to
+ GDB (which then prints them on its standard output). This is useful when
+ debugging the serial drivers that'd otherwise be used to pass console
+ messages to the outside world.
+
+Then build as usual, download to the board and execute. Note that if
+"Immediate activation" was selected, then the kernel will wait for GDB to
+attach. If not, then the kernel will boot immediately and GDB will have to
+interupt it or wait for an exception to occur if before doing anything with
+the kernel.
+
+
+=========================
+KERNEL DEBUGGING WITH GDB
+=========================
+
+Set the serial port on the computer that's going to run GDB to the appropriate
+baud rate. Assuming the board's debug port is connected to ttyS0/COM1 on the
+computer doing the debugging:
+
+ stty -F /dev/ttyS0 115200
+
+Then start GDB in the base of the kernel tree:
+
+ frv-uclinux-gdb linux [uClinux]
+
+Or:
+
+ frv-uclinux-gdb vmlinux [MMU linux]
+
+When the prompt appears:
+
+ GNU gdb frv-031024
+ Copyright 2003 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=frv-uclinux"...
+ (gdb)
+
+Attach to the board like this:
+
+ (gdb) target remote /dev/ttyS0
+ Remote debugging using /dev/ttyS0
+ start_kernel () at init/main.c:395
+ (gdb)
+
+This should show the appropriate lines from the source too. The kernel can
+then be debugged almost as if it's any other program.
+
+
+===============================
+INTERRUPTING THE RUNNING KERNEL
+===============================
+
+The kernel can be interrupted whilst it is running, causing a jump back to the
+GDB stub and the debugger:
+
+ (*) Pressing Ctrl-C in GDB. This will cause GDB to try and interrupt the
+ kernel by sending an RS232 BREAK over the serial line to the GDB
+ stub. This will (mostly) immediately interrupt the kernel and return it
+ to the debugger.
+
+ (*) Pressing the NMI button on the board will also cause a jump into the
+ debugger.
+
+ (*) Setting a software breakpoint. This sets a break instruction at the
+ desired location which the GDB stub then traps the exception for.
+
+ (*) Setting a hardware breakpoint. The GDB stub is capable of using the IBAR
+ and DBAR registers to assist debugging.
+
+Furthermore, the GDB stub will intercept a number of exceptions automatically
+if they are caused by kernel execution. It will also intercept BUG() macro
+invokation.
+