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This module will allow communication using SEGGER's Real Time Terminal protocol. Briefly, it replaces UART stdio with a set of ringbuffers that are manipulated over JTAG. There are several advantages to this system. The biggest is that writing to stdout is extremely fast (as you are just copying to memory). This is useful if you are adding print statements in timing-sensitive code as part of debugging. The other advantage is that it frees your UART for other use and enables stdio on platforms that do not have a UART.

To use this module, add

USEMODULE += rtt_stdio

to your makefile. By default the module will drop bytes written to stdout if the buffer is full. If you know for certain that the debugger is attached, you can obtain lossless stdout by adding


to your makefile. Note well that if you do NOT plug in the debugger and run the SEGGER RTT software (or compatible software) this will then lock up the system as it waits forever. Typically you would only define this during development on the lab bench.

If you are printing significant data out (pages a second), you can increase your stdout bandwidth by lowering the poll interval. The default is 50ms. A choice of 5ms is good during printf-heavy debugging:


SEGGER RTT supports stdin as well, and this is enabled by default. It requires polling the stdin ringbuffer, however, which on low duty cycle systems can increase the number of unnecessary wakeups from sleep. To disable stdin, add this to your makefile: