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Author: Michael Scott (mjscott)
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I have loaded and tried using WinARM. Whenever I try a clean, it will
only clean a few files and then hangs. I stop the tools and restart, it
get a bit further and then hangs. Eventually I get through all the files
and build. Same thing with the build. When I try restarting my computer,
all the stop tools tasks are still running and must the haulted one by
one.

Any thoughts?

Author: Karsten (Guest)
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Hi Michael,

your description isn't detailed enough for a purposeful help.
Can you give us more, such as

- your target
- the Makefile and so on

Regards,
Karsten

Author: Michael Scott (mjscott)
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All I'm trying to do is verify that WinARM is functioning properly.

This is just using one of the example files supplied with WinARM. The
source is rs232_stdio.c, the make file is the same one supplied with the
example. The make program being used is from Winarm/utils/bin. When I do
a '[WinARM_G] Make Clean' from the tools dropdown in PN (programmers
notepad) the clean will run partially down it's list -
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(from makefile)
clean_list :
  @echo
  @echo $(MSG_CLEANING)
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).hex
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).obj
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).elf
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).map
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).obj
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).a90
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).sym
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).lnk
  $(REMOVE) $(TARGET).lss
  $(REMOVE) $(OBJ)
  $(REMOVE) $(AOBJ)
  $(REMOVE) $(OBJARM)
  $(REMOVE) $(AOBJARM)
  $(REMOVE) $(LST)
  $(REMOVE) $(SRC:.c=.s)
  $(REMOVE) $(SRC:.c=.d)
  $(REMOVE) .dep/*
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and then hang. If I stop the tools, again from the tools drop down in
PN, and restart the clean eventually I will complete the clean list,
usually three to four tries. If I try to do a build all I get the same
things. Now all the instances of the make utility are still running, as
whenever I shut down my pc, I have to manually end each instance before
shut down.

Author: Martin Thomas (Guest)
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I have not seen this issue before and have not bug-reports about this.

Have you tried "make all" and "make clean" from the commad-line?
Are you using the "updated utilities" for WinARM 1/06, the "original"
1/06 or the current "testing"-Version?
Which MS-Windows version are you using?

Martin Thomas

Author: Michael Scott (mjscott)
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Martin Thomas wrote:
> I have not seen this issue before and have not bug-reports about this.
>
> Have you tried "make all" and "make clean" from the commad-line?
> Are you using the "updated utilities" for WinARM 1/06, the "original"
> 1/06 or the current "testing"-Version?
> Which MS-Windows version are you using?
>
> Martin Thomas

WinARM 20060117-1 was the zip, operating system is WinXP Professional
SP2, I tried the command line and got the same error. If you give me
your email address I can send you a PDF of the screen shot for the
error.

Author: Martin Thomas (Guest)
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Michael Scott wrote:
> Martin Thomas wrote:
>> I have not seen this issue before and have not bug-reports about this.
>>
>> Have you tried "make all" and "make clean" from the commad-line?
>> Are you using the "updated utilities" for WinARM 1/06, the "original"
>> 1/06 or the current "testing"-Version?
>> Which MS-Windows version are you using?
>>
>> Martin Thomas
>
> WinARM 20060117-1 was the zip, operating system is WinXP Professional
> SP2, I tried the command line and got the same error. If you give me
> your email address I can send you a PDF of the screen shot for the
> error.

Please get the "updated utilites" archive for WinARM 1/06 (link in the
small text below the main download). Replace utils/bin with the files in
the update-archive and test again. You can also try the current WinARM
"testing-version" which already includes the newer mingw-utilities. Try
the "make clean" with the updates utilities.

Can you delete the files "manualy" form the command-line with "del"?

My e-mail adresses are not hidden (bottom of WinARM/arm-projects page,
readme.htm).

Martin Thomas

Author: Michael Scott (mjscott)
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Good catch Martin, that seems to have taken care of the hang ups. What
exactly is different with the other utilities?

Author: Martin Thomas (Guest)
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Michael,

Michael Scott wrote:
> Good catch Martin, that seems to have taken care of the hang ups. What
> exactly is different with the other utilities?

I'm glad to read the it's now working for you.

The "other" utitlites are a complete new set of make, sh etc. I have
collected the old tools for the first WinARM in the intention to get an
dll-free distribution. But these tools are rather old and it seems that
the Win32-zsh (sh.exe) does not work for everybody. I can not reproduce
the problems here but found that the tools from the mingw-project solved
to problem for those uses who reported a "file not found"-issue. Your
"delete"-problem has never been reported before.

Drawback of the new utilities is that there is now an additional dll in
the system-search-path which may cause side-effects. But it seems that
the mingw-dll is not as problematic as the cygwin-dll.

Eric Weddington who creates WinAVR also uses the mingw-tools and as far
as I can see from the feedbacks in mailing-lists and the avrfreaks-forum
there are no problems with these tools. So I followed his method. The
updated utilities are available for the current and previous WinARM
collection - but should be usable with all WinARM-versions.

In the current testing and the upcoming gcc 4.1.0-based WinARM the
mingw-tools will be the default.


Martin Thomas

Author: Michael Scott (mjscott)
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I spoke a little too soon. I did get a make to hang like before, just
once. It is a 500% improvement. Where I might have gotten an error 70%
of the time, now is is only about 5%. Still better though.

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