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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)
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Debugging device tree issues

This recipe will show some techniques to debug common problems with the device tree.

How to do it...

As mentioned before, problems with the syntax of device tree files usually result in the kernel crashing early in the boot process. Other types of problems are more subtle and usually appear once a driver is making use of the information provided by the device tree. For both types of problems, it is helpful to be able to look not only at the device tree syntax file, but also at the device tree blob, as it is read by both U-Boot and the Linux kernel. It may also be helpful to modify the device tree on the fly using the tools that U-Boot offers.

How it works...

Let's see how to access the device tree at runtime, both from a running U-Boot and Linux.

Looking at the device tree from U-Boot

The U-Boot bootloader offers the fdt command to interact with a device tree blob. In the Wandboard's default environment, there are two variables related to the device tree:

  • fdtfile: This...