[not solved yet] debugging linux kernel on arm926ejs target

f. achkar fachkar.datawind at gmail.com
Thu May 27 11:18:41 EDT 2010

anyone successfully debugged linux kernel via openocd + gdb pls read on:


I'm newbie and have a s3c2450 based board (arm926ejs), I have a working compressed kernel image
zImage, this image boots properly via u-boot-1.1.6, however I simply 
failed to debug remotely the vmlinux (root directory of linux source tree) via openocd-0.4.0 with a j-link segger.
is there a good reference on how to properly debug the linux kernel via openocd/gdb for an arm target on a linux hot machine?

1. let u-boot start the board;
2. I get the u-boot command prompt:

# bdinfo
      arch_number = 0x00000648
      env_t       = 0x00000000
      boot_params = 0x30000100
      DRAM bank   = 0x00000000
      -> start    = 0x30000000
      -> size     = 0x04000000
      DRAM bank   = 0x00000001
      -> start    = 0x38000000
      -> size     = 0x04000000
      ethaddr     = 00:40:5C:26:0A:5B
      ip_addr     =
      baudrate    = 115200 bps

3. halt the target via openocd/telnet;
4. cd to root directory of linux source code and issue:
gdb vmlinux
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(gdb) target remote localhost:3333
Remote debugging using localhost:3333
0xc3e01874 in ?? ()
0xc3e01874:    ldr    r3, [r0, #16]

(gdb) set remote hardware-breakpoint-limit 2
(gdb) set remote hardware-watchpoint-limit 2

(gdb) load
Loading section .init, size 0x7b000 lma 0xc0008000
Loading section .text, size 0x2bb618 lma 0xc0083000
Loading section __ksymtab, size 0x4a58 lma 0xc033f000
Loading section __ksymtab_gpl, size 0x1360 lma 0xc0343a58
Loading section __ksymtab_gpl_future, size 0x18 lma 0xc0344db8
Loading section __ksymtab_strings, size 0xcab7 lma 0xc0344dd0
Loading section __param, size 0x654 lma 0xc0351888
Loading section .data, size 0x21538 lma 0xc0352000
Start address 0xc0008000, load size 3582507
Transfer rate: 35 KB/sec, 15922 bytes/write.

8. if I do continue (gdb) c, then I don't see any output on the serial
console (as normally do during zImage booting process!)

where I'm messing up? or how should I get on with debugging the linux kernel at jtag level?


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