ECE497 Notes on Installing the Eclipse IDE

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Eclipse is an open source Integrated Development Environment that's enjoying broad use.

Here's how to run gdb on Beagle via Eclipse I'm doing this for Galileo which was released just yesterday (24-June-2009). apt-get eclipse doesn't get the newest version yet.


Go to and download "Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers (79 MB)" I'm doing this for 32-bit Linux so I used:

Let the archive manager open it. It takes a minute or so to download. Click Extract and put it in your favorite place.


Before running Eclipse on Ubuntu you need to download java. There appears to be several you can download. I picked: sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre-headless

once installed, open eclipse by

cd eclipse

I like to put the workspace folder in the eclipse folder. Put yours whereever you would like it.

gdb-cross debugger

While we're at it let's install the cross debugger

cd ~/oe
. beagleboard/beagleboard/
bitbake gbd-cross

Install Remote System Tools

Go to Help:Install New Software... Click the down arrow to the right of "type or select a site" and Select: Galileo - Expand: Programming Languages Eclipse C/C++ Development should already be installed, if not, check it. Expand: Modile and Device Development Eclipse C/C++ DSF gdb Debugger should already be installed, if not, check it. Check: Eclipse C/C++ Remote Launch Check: Remote System Explorer End-User Runtime Check: Remote System Explorer User Actions Click: Next > Click: Finish Click "Yes" to restart eclipse Click: "Yes" to use same workspace

Finding the Beagle's IP address

  1. On the BeagleBoard run ifconfig eth0. Note the IP address
  2. On the host edit /etc/hosts and add: Beagle

  1. (Use your IP address)
  2. Exit the editor and try:

ping Beagle

  1. If you don't get an answer something is messed up.
  2. On the host connect to the Beagle and create a workspace

ssh Beagle mkdir workspace/HelloWorld/Debug

Now back to the host

Setting up for remote debugging

Select: Project:Properties Expand: C/C++ Build Select: Settings Tab: Tool Settings Select: GCC C Compiler Replace "gcc" in "Command:" with "~/oe/tmp/cross/armv7a/bin/arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi-gcc" Click: Directories (below GCC C Compiler Click Add... button and insert ~/oe/tmp/staging/armv7a-angstrom-linux-gnueabi/user/include ~/oe/ Click: GCC C Linker (below Directories) Replace "gcc" in "Command:" with "~/oe/tmp/cross/armv7a/bin/arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi-gcc" Click: Libraries Click: Add... to Library search path (-L) (the bottom one) insert: ~/oe/tmp/staging/armv7a-angstrom-linux-gnueabi/lib Click OK to close Properties for HelloWorld window

Hit Ctrl-B to build, or click the little hammer

Menu: Run:Debug Configurations... Double-Click C/C++ Remote Applcation to create a new configuration Name it BeagleBoard Project: Click Browse and select HelloWorld C/C++ Application: Click Search Project and select HelloWorld Remote Absolute File Path... Click: Browse... Connection: Click New... Select: SSH Only and Click Next > Host name: Beagle Click: Finish "Select Remote C/C++" will appear. Connection: Beagle Expand: My Home, workspace, HelloWorld, Debug Click: OK In the Properties window select Connection: Beagle Click: Apply Tab: Debugger GDB debugger: Click: Browse and look for ~/oe/tmp/cross/armv7a/bin/arm-angstrom-linux/gnueabi-g In Debugger Options Tab: Shared Libraries Add... ~/oe/tmp/staging/armv7a-angstgrom-linux-gnueabi/lib

Click: Debug (bottom right) It should compile your file (if needed), copy it to the Beagle and start gdb on it. It will run up to main() and wait for your input. Try the single step button (F6 step over, F5 step into)

Be sure to hit Terminal (Ctrl-F2) when done.

Add a for loop and watch the index variable change!


This is taken from:

You might be able to do this via apt-get install. I used the add/remove program app in Red Hat and selected Fedora Eclipse. It appears to load lots of things. This load version 3.4.1

In Ubuntu go to Applications: Add/Remove Select Show: All available applications Search: eclipse Check: Eclipse Click: Apply Changes Wait for some 113 files to download (15 minutes on a fast connection) With this install you need to load a few more things. Go to Help:Software Updates:Find and Install... Select: Search for new features to install Select: Callisto Discovery Site Click: Finish (wait a moment) Select a site near you (wait a moment) Expand: Callisto Discovery Site Select: C and C++ Development Next, Accept, Next, Finish (wait)

This loads version 3.2.2

        1. Install the c/c++ stuff

Select: Help:Software Updates Tab: Available Software Expand: Ganymede Update Site Check: C and C++ Development Click: Install Expand: Remote Access and Device Developement Check: Remote System Explorer C/C++ Remote Debugger Launcher Check: Remote System Explorer End-User Runtime Click: Install Click: Next Click: I accept... Click: Finish

          1. Fedora #####

I did see the Canymede Update Site on Fedora, so I Select: Help:Software Updates Tab: Available Software Click: Add Site Location: Click: OK The Available Software list should update nad "Ganymede Update Site" should appear. The follow the instructions above.

          1. #####

Start Eclipse Select: File:New:Project... Expand: C Select: C Project Click: Next Project Name: HelloWorld (no spaces) Select: Hello World ANSI C Project Click: Next Fill in to suit, Click: Next Click: Finish Tab: C/C++ Projects Expand: HelloWorld Expand: src Expand: HelloWorld.c Double-Click: main(void) The file will open in a window

This will create an executable that runs on the Ubuntu Linux (guest) platform.

          1. Beagle Execution

Here's how to run it remotely on the Beagle. This is from: Here's what I did differently: 4) Project Properties/Settings

* On "GCC C++ Compiler" change "Command" to 

"~/gumstix/gumstix-oe/tmp/cross/bin/arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi-g++" (dbg_03.png)

* On "GCC C++ Compiler/Directories" add 

"~/gumstix/gumstix-oe/tmp/staging/arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi/include" to "Includes paths (-I)"

I used: tmp/staging/arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi/usr/include

* On "GCC C++ Compiler/Miscellaneous" add "-c -march=armv5te 

-mtune=xscale -Wa,-mcpu=xscale" to "Other flags"

I didn't change this since the gcc should have all this set.

5) On "Run/Debug Configurations" add "C++ Remote Application"

* On "Main" tab

This is in Run:Debug Configurations

In eclipse, Select: Window:Open Perspective:C/C++ Click on the HelloWorld project to select it Select: Project:Properties Expand: C/C++ Build Select: Discovery Options

Starting point:

On the Beagle: opkg install openssh openssh-sftp openssh-server opkg install gdbserver

In Eclipse File:New Project Select General:Project I used project name "Remove gdb"