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About this book

This book describes how to use the debugger to debug Linux applications, bare-metal, Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), Linux, and Android platforms.

Using this book

This book is organized into the following chapters:

Chapter 1 Getting started with DS-5™ Debugger

Gives an introduction to some of the debugger concepts and explains how to launch the debugger.

Chapter 2 Configuring and connecting to a target

Describes how to configure and connect to a debug target using ARM DS-5 Debugger in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Chapter 3 Working with the target configuration editor

Describes how to use the editor when developing a project for an ARM target.

Chapter 4 Controlling execution

Describes how to stop the target execution when certain events occur, and when certain conditions are met.

Chapter 5 Examining the target

Describes how to examining registers, variables, memory, and the call stack.

Chapter 6 Debugging embedded systems

Gives an introduction to debugging embedded systems.

Chapter 7 Controlling runtime messages

Describes semihosting and how to control runtime messages.

Chapter 8 Debugging with scripts

Describes how to use scripts containing debugger commands to enable you to automate debugging operations.

Chapter 9 Working with the Snapshot Viewer

Describes how to use the Snapshot Viewer.

Chapter 10 DS-5 Debug perspectives and views

Describes the DS-5 Debug perspective and related views in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Chapter 11 Troubleshooting

Describes how to diagnose problems when debugging applications using DS-5 Debugger.


The ARM Glossary is a list of terms used in ARM documentation, together with definitions for those terms. The ARM Glossary does not contain terms that are industry standard unless the ARM meaning differs from the generally accepted meaning.

See the ARM Glossary for more information.

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