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Embedded Software Development with eCos™ by Anthony J. Massa

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9.1. Overview

RedBoot is an acronym for Red Hat Embedded Debug and Bootstrap. It is a program designed for embedded systems to provide a debugging and bootstrap environment. RedBoot is intended to take the place of older programs; specifically, CygMon and GDB stub ROM. In fact, CygMon is no longer supported.

RedBoot is an eCos-based application and uses the eCos Hardware Abstraction Layer for its foundation. However, RedBoot can be used on any embedded system or with any RTOS. RedBoot can be used for debug support during the product development cycle or in a released product to provide flash and network booting. Some of the features provided by RedBoot include:

  • Boot scripting support

  • Command Line Interface (CLI) for monitor and control support ...

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