Yocto Programming with Eclipse v2

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DART-MX8M-MINI - Yocto Programming with Eclipse

This guide describes how to use Eclipse to develop and debug applications on the DART-MX8M-MINI.

1 Create your rootfs with Eclipse debug support

Append the following to the conf/local.conf file in your Yocto build directory:

    eclipse-debug \
    ssh-server-openssh \

Now bitbake your image.

2 Setup Host Computer Environment

Please follow the steps below to prepare a fresh Ubuntu 20.04 installation for Eclipse debugging:

2.1 Install Dependencies

$ sudo apt-get -y update
$ sudo apt-get -y install build-essential gdb gdb-multiarch git default-jre

2.2 Install Yocto Toolchain

To install the toolchain follow Yocto Toolchain installation guide.

2.3 Download Eclipse

Download Eclipse 2021-06 from here: https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/2021-06/R/eclipse-cpp-2021-06-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz
Run the following command to unpack and install the downloaded Eclipse IDE tarball into a clean directory using the default name eclipse:

$ cd ~
$ tar -xf ~/Downloads/eclipse-cpp-2021-06-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz

3 Create and run a simple application

3.1 Run the Eclipse IDE

Run the Eclipse IDE with the following commands:

$ cd eclipse
$ ./eclipse

Select a new workspace (you can just click OK).

3.2 Create the Project

You can create different types of projects: C Managed Build, CMake, Meson, or Makefile. This section describes how to create "C Managed Build" projects from within the Eclipse IDE. To create a new project from a "Hello World" template and then display the source code, follow these steps:

  • File->New->C/C++ Project
  • Select C Managed Build and click Next.
  • Enter a name for the project under the Project name field. Do not use hyphens as part of the name.
  • Select Hello World ANSI C Project.
  • Select Cross GCC toolchain

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  • Click Next.
  • Add information in the Author field and make sure the License field is correct and click Next.
  • Accept the default Debug/Release configurations and click Next.
  • Enter aarch64-fslc-linux- under Cross compiler prefix
  • Enter /opt/fslc-xwayland/3.1/sysroots/x86_64-fslcsdk-linux/usr/bin/aarch64-fslc-linux under Cross compiler path

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  • Click "Finish".
  • Click on "Workbench".
  • You should now be in the C/C++ perspective. The left-hand navigation pane shows your project. You can display your source by double clicking the project's source file.

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3.3 Configure Cross Compiler

The sysroot flag must be added to the linker and C/C++ compilers within Eclipse:

  • Right click on the project and select Properties
  • Under C/C++ Build, select Settings
  • Add the following include path to Cross GCC Compiler->Includes

C/C++ Build -> Settings -> Cross GCC Compiler -> Includes

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  • Append the following to Cross GCC Compiler -> Miscellaneous -> Other Flags:

C/C++ Build -> Settings -> Cross GCC Compiler -> Miscellaneous

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  • Append the following to Cross GCC Linker -> Miscellaneous -> Other Flags:

C/C++ Build -> Settings -> Cross GCC Linker -> Miscellaneous

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3.4 Configure Remote Debugging

Using the console of your target set a password with "passwd" command. choose a simple one named "root".
The target should be connected to the network via Ethernet or WIFI.
Use the "ifconfig" command on the target to get its IP address.
From Eclipse:

  • Click Run->Debug Configurations...
  • Double click on C/C++ Remote Application.
  • In the Main tab, click on New... to create a new connection.

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  • Select SSH for the connection type and click OK.
  • Enter the Target IP Address.
  • Enter root for the user.
  • Change to "Password based authentication" and enter password configured in previous step.
  • Click Finish
  • Type "/home/root/hello-world" in the Remote Absolute File Path for C/C++ Application field
  • Click on the Debugger tab
  • Enter aarch64-fslc-linux-gdb in the GDB debugger field

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  • Click Apply and Close to finish configuring the debugger

3.5 Remote debug

Follow the below steps to remotely debug your application on the DART-MX8M-MINI.

  • Use the keyboard shortcut ctrl-b to rebuild the application.
  • Click the bug icon in the toolbar and select "hello-world debug" (or whichever name you supplied in the previous step)
  • Follow the prompt to switch to the Debug perspective

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You can now run and debug your program via eclipse. The actual program execution is done on the target, and the output is seen on the Remote Shell on Eclipse.