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Setting up Eclipse to work with GNU ARM plug-in. Part 2.

Continue of part 1. First of all, let us select the proper processor type. Using the Cortex-M3 processor, we go to the Project->Properties menu (or right-click on the project name in the project explorer and select Properties). First in the Tool Settings list is Target Processor. So we select processor cortex-m3: Be sure to choose settings for all configurations, so you don’t have to do this twice when selecting Debug or Release.

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Setting up Eclipse to work with GNU ARM plug-in. Part 1.

Eclipse is an excellent multiplatform graphical interface practically for any language. If you choose to use it – you won’t loose. We’ve been using it when writing software for ARM microcontrollers. As compiler Mentor Graphics Sourcery Codebench Lite works just fine. If you have both – Eclipse and Sourcery tools installed we can move on. So far in our earlier project we’ve been using an external makefile project setup. This means that we had to write/edit makefile in order to compile and link project files. This is hand job and requires some knowledge and time. You cannot run away from them if you are using free tools, but there should be some way out and automate at least some parts of this work. Eclipse Indigo comes with CDT C/C++ development tools. It works excellent with general C/C+ projects and we’ve been using it without problem along with external makefile and project settings. But there is a better way of developing project for ARM platforms. It’s GNU ARM Eclipse Plug-in. It supports most of GNU toolchains including Sourcery Codebench Lite, Yagarto, GNUARM, WinARM and other. So lets set up Eclipse to use this plugin and see how it works.

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