Thursday, February 13, 2014

STM32 on Linux, again.

Starting another project using the STM32 micro, so time to update and reinstall the toolchain. This is an update to my previous post on the topic at http://blog.sensicomm.com/2012/01/stm32-stm32f4discovery-arm-eval-board.html

Compiler

Previously I used the summon-arm gersion of GCC http://summon-arm-toolchain.org/
but the git repo says it's "not under active development" any more. They recommend https://launchpad.net/gcc-arm-embedded , which seems to be an offically ARM-supported
version.

It looks like Debian has packaged the launchpad version into the "unstable" branch: http://packages.debian.org/sid/gcc-arm-none-eabi but I'm running "stable" so I got it directly from launchpad instead. Install was simple:
  • Download  gcc-arm-none-eabi-4_8-2013q4-20131204-linux.tar.bz2
  • unpack in /opt,
  • add to PATH
  • Create symlink:  cd /opt && ln -s gcc-arm-none-eabi-4_8-2013q4 gcc-arm-none-eabi

That's my setup, the chosen directory is just a matter of personal preference.

Programming tools:

I'm using the STM32F4DISCOVERY board for development, so there are two ways to get code
into the chip:
  1. Use the st-link USB input to the built-in programming hardware.
  2. Connect directly to the USB port of the STM32F4 chip and use dfu-util.
I used dfu-util before. That's now in Debian, and should still work but I haven't retested it.



Code for the st-link interface is available and built with no problem:
  • git clone git://github.com/texane/stlink.git stlink
  • cd stlink && ./autogen.sh && ./configure && make && make install
Programs are installed in /usr/local/bin: st-flash st-info st-term st-util

An example was successfully placed in flash using:
st-flash write *.bin 0x8000000

Libraries:


The open source libraries and examples at http://libopencm3.org/wiki/Downloads built without problem using the launchpad compiler. My build command was:
PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/opt/gcc-arm-none-eabi/bin DESTDIR=/opt/libopencm3 make install

ST has standard peripheral library source code on their website, but it doesn't come with Makefiles. A USB serial example at http://vedder.se/2012/07/usb-serial-on-stm32f4/ includes some (all?) of the ST libraries and compiles fine with the launchpad compiler. I downloaded and unpacked STM32F4_USB_CDC.zip and "make" ran without problems. I only had to change the top-level Makefile so that BINPATH points to the directory that arm-none-eabi-gcc is in
(BINPATH=/opt/gcc-arm-none-eabi/bin for my install).

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