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You may remember Fetproxy, a free software alternative to msp430-gdbproxy.

Fetproxy never really got beyond the quick hack that Tom and I threw together in the 25C3 hack-centre at the end of 2008. The next stage was going to be a massive upheaval of its architecture, but I never found the time to do this. Enter Daniel Beer with his excellent MSPDebug utility. Daniel has found the time to work on this tool, and has made several releases so far. I’ve tested it with a couple of boards that I had lying around, and it appeared to work quite well.

Go and use it. Its source code is quite legible too, so you should hack on it too ;)

I’ve packaged mspdebug for Fedora, and you’ll find the package in this directory. Maybe I’ll jump through the hoops of getting it included in the repositories soon.

2010-11-04 Update: mspdebug has been in the Fedora repositories for a while now. Install it using:

pkcon install mspdebug
Posted at 1:45 pm on Saturday 29th May 2010

quick fetproxy progress update

I’ve been hacking away at fetproxy for the past couple of days. I’m now at this stage:

[rob@prefect fetproxy]$ msp430-gdb -n
GNU gdb 6.8
Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  Type "show copying"
and "show warranty" for details.
This GDB was configured as "--host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=msp430".
(gdb) target remote localhost:2000
Remote debugging using localhost:2000
0x0000f800 in ?? ()
(gdb) info r
pc/r0: f800  sp/r1: 7a00  sr/r2: 0000     r3: 0000  
fp/r4: 7a00     r5: ff00     r6: 7f00     r7: ff00  
   r8: ff00     r9: ff00    r10: bf00    r11: f700  
  r12: bf00    r13: ff00    r14: fd00    r15: 0000  

That’s where it’s at right now on my machine. gdb can now read the registers of the target device. The “continue” command’s next…

Posted at 4:08 am on Monday 13th April 2009

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