Visual Studio Code discovers wrong gnuarmemb folder

I'm using Linux 20.04.  I have been following the manual installation guide for setting up the nRF Connect SDK and also nRF Toolchain

in my .bashrc file: 

export PATH=${HOME}/gn:"$PATH"

in my .zephyrrc 

export GNUARMEMB_TOOLCHAIN_PATH="~/gnuarmemb/gcc-arm-none-eabi-10.3-2021.10"

Then i run source zephyr/ in my ncs folder. 

Then I opened VS Code from WITHIN the same terminal, this way VS Code is able to see these environmental variables. In the Quick Setup page I just set the nRF Connect SDK parameter to my *ncs* folder, and set nRF Connect Toolchain to PATH. This 'Invalid Toolchain Installation' message appears and detects an older version of gnuarmemb  ( the one installed for previous SDK from nordic). 

whereis arm-none-eabi-gcc

If i go to the sample folders, I'm able to build properly using the west tool on terminal using: west build -b nrf9160dk_nrf9160ns --pristine

What else could i do to fix this? 

  • Hi

    The "gnuarmemb" folder usually looks like this:

    My guess is that you unzipped the folder into "gnuarmemb", instead of renaming it.
    I am not sure if this should do anything, but it is worth getting it the same way as the tutorial.

    When installing the nRF Connect extension for VS Code on Ubuntu, I fix the "Invalid Toolchain Installation" by setting:

    export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/gnuarmemb/bin

    in .bashrc.
    This looks like the same as you have done. I also agree with you, using $GNUARMEMB_TOOLCHAIN_PATH is cleaner though.

    The reason why it goes in .bashrc can be seen in ".vscode/extensions/nordic-semiconductor.nrf-connect-2021.11.221/docs/":
    "To get around this issue, the extension will query Bash for its environment on Linux and macOS. This executes the `~/.bashrc` file"

    So the extension should run .bashrc for you, meaning that you do not need to run VS Code from the command line.

    Did this help you fix the problem?

    Sigurd Hellesvik

  • Hi Sigurd,

    i applied your changes but they did not help much. It was always taking by default the old gnuarmemb that i had for previous nordic projects.

    If i delete the folder where that old version was installed, I fix the "Invalid Toolchain Installation" error on VSCode. But  then I'm not able to debug the previous nordic projects in eclipse getting: Error while launching command: arm-none-eabi-gdb --version

    Does eclipse debug not work with the new version from arm-none-eabi-gdb or is it a configuration that i need to set? If i bring back the old arm-none-eabi-gdb version, the debug in eclipse works properly.

  • I will try to install an older version of gcc-arm-none-eabi to replicate myself.

    In the meantime, I also noticed that you are using the 2021 version of the toolchain, while our Manual Installation documentation says:
    "To be able to cross-compile your applications for Arm targets, you must install version 9-2019-q4-major of the GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain."

    Could you try the 2019-q4 toolchain?

    Sigurd Hellesvik

  • Hi again

    I have not been able to reproduce the issue by installing an older version of the toolchain.

    Where did you install the version from?

    Is the older version of the toolchain also in PATH?

    Sigurd Hellesvik