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    How to debug applications on the WL500

    Hello WL500 Hackers,

    sometime it can be very helpfully to have the possibility to debug applications on the WL500. The mipsel-linux tool chain which reside in the WL500gb_1.7.5.6_GPL source package contains the GDB debugger with the very nice "insight" front end. The only thing missing to debug applications was the "gdbserver", the part running on the WL500. I have compiled the "gdbserver" from the GDB source package 6.1 to close this gap.

    How to debug applications:

    1. Download the attached zip file. The zip file contains the gdbserver and an
    example application (gdbdemo)

    2. Copy the "gdbserver" and the "gdbdemo" example application to the Wl500

    3. Open a telnet session to the WL500, change to the ramfs and start the
    gdbserver by typing:

    gdbserver host:2345 gdbdemo

    3. Copy the "gdbdemo" application and the source file gdbdemo.c in any
    working directory on your host PC

    4. Change to the working directory and type

    mipsel-linux-gdb gdbdemo

    5. Change to the "File / Target Selection" dialog and select the following

    6. Press the Run button

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    Last edited by Dex; 16-08-2004 at 12:44.

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    Dec 2003
    Russian Federation
    Have you checked it with new toolchain available with sources?

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    Hi Oleg,

    the source package contains two mipsel-linux tool chains, the old version hndtools-mipsel-linux-3.0 and a newer version hndtools-mipsel-linux-3.2.3. Unfortunately the newer version 3.2.3 does not include anymore the gdb/insight debugger . Therefore if you want to debug applications you have to use the old tool chain. With this version (3.0) I have checked the gdbserver.

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