Forum: ARM programming with GCC/GNU tools Need "no load"/"no fill" on unused sectors when programming

Author: Joe Dupre (jdupre)
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I have bootloader code that uses the first and last few sectors of flash 
on an LPC2xxx.

In the startup assembly file the vectors & protection code word load at 
0x0, then there is an .org 0x7b000 statement that puts the program code 
up high.  There is no specific "fill" command.

When I go to debug and the program loads to flash, all the sectors in 
the middle get erased and filled with 0.  I don't want that because it 
erases the "main" code that I have previously loaded.

Is there a way to tell the system to ignore the unused area?  Right now 
it thinks that the startup section includes all the empty space, rather 
than only the first 0x200 bytes.

I essentially need to define a "noload" section between 0x1000 and 
0x7b000 so that it will leave those sectors alone.  Is this possible???

(Using gcc & openocd)

Author: Joe Dupre (jdupre)
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Ah, was looking in the wrong place.  I just edited the linker script to 
remove the memory I didn't want touched:
  flash1   (rx) : ORIGIN = 0x00000000, LENGTH = 4K
  /* Sectors 1 - 24 reserved for main program code */
  flash2   (rx) : ORIGIN = 0x0007B000, LENGTH = 12K
  ram      (rw) : ORIGIN = 0x40000000, LENGTH = 30720
  usbram   (rw) : ORIGIN = 0x7FD00000, LENGTH = 8K
  ethram   (rw) : ORIGIN = 0x7FE00000, LENGTH = 16K

Vectors and reset handler go in flash1, everything else goes up in 


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