|Connecting Serial Console to the STM32F7 Discovery|
Running Linux (uClinux) on the STM32F7 requires a serial console. U-Boot and Linux make use of the serial console to print messages and provide an interactive user interface. You won't be able to do much unless you have access to the serial console.
Both U-Boot and Linux are configured to use USART6 for the serial console on the STM32F7 Discovery.
On the STM32F7 Discovery, USART6 interface is available at UART level on the Arduino connectors. In order to connect the serial console to a PC, you must convert the UART interface either to an RS-232 interface or to a USB interface. This requires connecting an external device ("dongle") to the STM32F7 Discovery. There are various such devices available on the market. One specific device we have been using (among others) is the WaveShare FT232 USB UART board:
On the STM32F7 Discovery side, the connections to a converter board, such as the above USB UART board, must be as follows:
Assuming a connection using an USB UART board, on the Linux PC the STM32F7 serial console will be visible as a /dev/ttyUSBx device. The U-Boot and Linux software configures the console for 115.2 Kps operation.
There are various serial communication tools available for Linux, the most popular perhaps being kermit. kermit is a very powerful tool that can be run in interactive mode or controlled by a script. There is abandant documentation on kermit available in the Internet, if you require details.
One possibility is to define on the host a shell script similar to the one below:
$ vi console-stm32f7.script
Change the file mode to make the script an executable file:
$ chmod +x console-stm32f7.script
Then run the script whenever you need to get access to the console:
To exit kermit, type Ctrl-\ and then q.