Since we already know how to turn our code into hex in Windows, we should also know how to do it using the best OS around: Linux. Please be aware that while the instructions here have been tested in Linux Mint (Ubuntu/Debian based), they should also work with your favorite distro.
First and foremost, you should write your code in a text file, in your favorite editor (or IDE, if you prefer). For simplicity sake, I’m using the default gedit. After that is done, you should install avr-gcc and it’s dependencies. avr-gcc is the most used c and c+ avr compiler around, and includes some really useful libraries.
sudo apt-get install gcc-avr avr-libc
Now, cd into the dir you’re using. Or just put the c file in your home folder. I’m assuming you have a led.c file to burn in an ATTiny2313. Change this to whatever you’re using. We’re going to start by compiling the code:
avr-gcc -g -Os -mmcu=attiny2313 -c led.c
Now you should have a led.o file in your folder. Let’s link it:
avr-gcc -g -mmcu=attiny2313 -o led.elf led.o
Now you should have a led.elf file in your folder. To finish it off, let’s get the .hex file:
avr-objcopy -j .text -j .data -O ihex led.elf led.hex
And we’re done! We now have our .hex file. We can just go ahead and burn it in our chip using our favorite programmer!
It’s a really straightforward process, but if you have any problems, just post in the comment bellow!
# UPDATE #
This is now the most seen post in my blog. I’m quite happy to see that some people are trying to start programming with Linux, and as such, I feel best to add the avr-libc to the install command, which has some high usage libraries. Also, for those that want to streamline the building process, I made a barbaric bash script to to so. Download it here. After the download, you should run:
chmod +x build
./build source_file.c mmcu
In the above example, mmcu is attiny2313. This should give you an source_file.hex, ready to go!
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