Dealing with microcontrollers involves several tools as we'll be dealing with an architecture different from your computer's and we'll have to run and debug programs on a "remote" device.
Tooling is not everything though. Without documentation, it is pretty much impossible to work with microcontrollers.
We'll be referring to all these documents throughout this book:
We'll use all the tools listed below. Where a minimum version is not specified, any recent version should work but we have listed the version we have tested.
Rust 1.57.0 or a newer toolchain.
gdb-multiarch. Tested version: 10.2. Other versions will most likely work as well though If your distribution/platform does not have
arm-none-eabi-gdbwill do the trick as well. Furthermore, some normal
gdbbinaries are built with multiarch capabilities as well, you can find further information about this in the sub chapters.
cargo-binutils. Version 0.3.3 or newer.
cargo-embed. Version 0.18.0 or newer.
minicomon Linux and macOS. Tested version: 2.7.1. Other versions will most likely work as well though
Next, follow OS-agnostic installation instructions for a few of the tools:
Install rustup by following the instructions at https://rustup.rs.
If you already have rustup installed double check that you are on the stable
channel and your stable toolchain is up-to-date.
rustc -V should return a date
newer than the one shown below:
$ rustc -V rustc 1.53.0 (53cb7b09b 2021-06-17)
$ rustup component add llvm-tools-preview $ cargo install cargo-binutils --vers 0.3.3 $ cargo size --version cargo-size 0.3.3
$ cargo install cargo-embed --vers 0.18.0 $ cargo embed --version cargo-embed 0.18.0 git commit: crates.io
Since this book also contains some small Rust code bases used in various chapters you will also have to download its source code. You can do this in one of the following ways:
- Visit the repository, click the green "Code" button and then the "Download Zip" one
- Clone it using git (if you know git you presumably already have it installed) from the same repository as linked in the zip approach
Now follow the instructions specific to the OS you are using: