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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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Using strace for application debugging

Debugging does not always involve working with source code. Sometimes it is a change in an external factor that is causing the problem.

Strace is a tool that is useful for scenarios where we are looking for problems outside of the binary itself; for example, configuration files, input data, and kernel interfaces. This recipe will explain how to use it.

Getting ready

To include strace in your system, add the following to your conf/local.conf file:

IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " strace" 

Strace is also part of the tools-debug image feature, so you can also add it with:

EXTRA_IMAGE_FEATURES += "tools-debug" 

Strace is also included in the -sdk images.

Before starting, we will also include pgrep, a process utility that will make our debugging easier by looking up process IDs by name. To do so, add the following to your conf/local.conf configuration file:

IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " procps" 

How to do it...

When printing a system call, strace prints the values passed to the...