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AR# 62878

2014.4 - SDK - System debugger GUI will not allow me to debug other devices in my JTAG chain


I have multiple devices in my JTAG chain that I want to debug.

However, if I open the Debug configurations for the System Debugger, I cannot select my other devices.

How can I work around this?


This is a known issue with the system debugger. 

You can use the GDB debugger, or use the steps below to work around this issue with the system debugger:

Open the XSDB command console in SDK and use the command below:

%xsdb cd {Path to the SDK Project directory}
%xsdb connect

This will show the JTAG chain. 

For example, Below is a JTAG chain with two Zynq devices, and one 7 series device:


To download the bitstream, select the target.

For example, I will select the 2nd Zynq device (9)

%xsdb targets 9
%xsdb fpga -f <bitstream name>.bit

For Zynq devices, the Processor Sub-system will need to be initialized. 

This can be done using an FSBL ELF, or using the ps7_init.tcl file in the Hardware Platform.

%xsdb targets 6
%xsdb source ps7_init.tcl
%xsdb ps7_init
%xsdb ps7_post_config

Next, download the executable ELF file

%xsdb targets 7
%xsdb dow <Executable Name>.elf

Next, set up the Debug Configurations:


Double Click on the Xilinx C/C++ application (System Debugger) to create a debug configuration.

In the Target Setup tab, set the Debug Type to "Attach to running target"

Select Debug to continue.

This will open the Debug perspective. Next, we want to add the symbol file:


To add the symbol file, right click on the ARM Cortex A0 MPCore #0 (note, this is target 7),

and select Add Symbol File.

In the Symbol File GUI, select Add, and point to your ELF file.

To test, we can set a breakpoint at the main:

%xsdb bpadd -addr &main

Alternatively, you can add the breakpoint using the GUI as the Symbol file is added.

You can now Resume in the SDK GUI, and use the step into, over, etc..


Once you are finished, you can reset by doing the following:

%xsdb rst

This can be repeated on another device in the chain.

AR# 62878
Date Created 11/19/2014
Last Updated 11/19/2014
Status Active
Type General Article
  • Zynq-7000
  • Artix-7
  • Kintex-7
  • Virtex-7
  • Vivado Design Suite - 2014.4
  • Vivado Design Suite - 2014.3