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82>Chapter 1. Getting Started with RedBoot</H1
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88>Table of Contents</B
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108>Configuring the RedBoot Environment</A
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112><P
113>RedBoot&#8482; is an acronym for "Red Hat Embedded Debug and Bootstrap",
114and is the standard embedded system debug/bootstrap environment from Red Hat,
115replacing the previous generation of debug firmware: CygMon and GDB
116stubs. It provides a complete bootstrap environment for a range of embedded
117operating systems, such as embedded Linux and eCos&#8482;, and includes facilities
118such as network downloading and debugging. It also provides a simple flash
119file system for boot images.</P
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121>RedBoot provides a wide set of tools for downloading and executing programs
122on embedded target systems, as well as tools for manipulating the target system's
123environment. It can be used for both product development (debug support) and
124for end product deployment (flash and network booting).</P
125><P
126>Here are some highlights of RedBoot&#8217;s capabilities:  </P
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132>Boot scripting support</P
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134><LI
135><P
136>Simple command line interface for RedBoot configuration and
137management, accessible via serial (terminal) or Ethernet (telnet) </P
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139><LI
140><P
141>Integrated GDB stubs for connection to a host-based debugger
142via serial or ethernet. (Ethernet connectivity is limited to local network
143only)</P
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145><LI
146><P
147>Attribute Configuration - user control of aspects such as
148system time and date (if applicable), default Flash image to boot from, default
149failsafe image, static IP address, etc.</P
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151><LI
152><P
153>Configurable and extensible, specifically adapted to the target
154environment </P
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156><LI
157><P
158>Network bootstrap support including setup and download, via
159BOOTP, DHCP and TFTP</P
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161><LI
162><P
163>X/YModem support for image download via serial</P
164></LI
165><LI
166><P
167>Power On Self Test</P
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170><P
171>Although RedBoot is derived from eCos, it may be used as a generalized
172system debug and bootstrap control software for any embedded system and any
173operating system. For example, with appropriate additions, RedBoot could replace
174the commonly used BIOS of PC (and certain other) architectures. Users who
175specifically wish to use RedBoot with the eCos operating
176system should refer to the <SPAN
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183document, which provides information about the portability and extendability
184of RedBoot in an eCos environment.</P
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194>Information about RedBoot, including downloadable sources and documentation
195with the latest features and updates is available from
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