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Embedded Linux Development Using Yocto Project Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Alex Gonzalez
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Embedded Linux Development Using Yocto Project Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Alex Gonzalez

Overview of this book

The Yocto Project has become the de facto distribution build framework for reliable and robust embedded systems with a reduced time to market.You'll get started by working on a build system where you set up Yocto, create a build directory, and learn how to debug it. Then, you'll explore everything about the BSP layer, from creating a custom layer to debugging device tree issues. In addition to this, you’ll learn how to add a new software layer, packages, data, scripts, and configuration files to your system. You will then cover topics based on application development, such as using the Software Development Kit and how to use the Yocto project in various development environments. Toward the end, you will learn how to debug, trace, and profile a running system. This second edition has been updated to include new content based on the latest Yocto release.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Title Page
Packt Upsell

Debugging the Linux kernel booting process

We have seen the most general techniques for debugging the Linux kernel. However, some special scenarios require the use of different methods. One of the most common scenarios in embedded Linux development is the debugging of the booting process. This recipe will explain some of the techniques used to debug the kernel's booting process.

How to do it...

A kernel crashing on boot usually provides no output whatsoever on the console. As daunting as that may seem, there are techniques we can use to extract debug information. Early crashes usually happen before the serial console has been initialized, so even if there were log messages, we would not see them. The first thing we will show is how to enable early log messages that do not need the serial driver.

In case that is not enough, we will also show techniques to access the log buffer in memory.

How it works...

Debugging booting problems have two distinctive phases: before and after the serial console...