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First and for most I googled a lot and Its been a week of searching with no solution at all. Please bare with me!

I tried to add all necessary info! Please request more If you need.

My problem is:

I am trying to debug a STM32 bluepill board with skeleton code project using STM32-for-vscode, OpenOCD and cortex debug in Vscode but without any success. The debugging session fails!

My environment is:

1- Mac OS Big Sur version 11.1 (20C69).

2- VSCODE.

3- Cortex Debug Plugin.

4- STM32-for-Vscode plugin.

5- ARM plugin.

6- The project is a Skeleton code created using STM32CubeMax as per STM32-for-Vscode instructions.

7- Brew "Opened --HEAD" version which should work with Cortex debug plugin.

8- Using a STM32f103c8 bluepill flashed with STlink V2.1 firmware as a STlink dongle. I already edited the .cfg file to allow for non genuine STM32 CPU IDs.

9- Using stm32f103c8 bluepill as Target board to upload Code and Debug.

Please note that the exact same Hardware set works perfectly with PlatformIO and flashes and debugs correctly.

Launch.json configuration:

{
    "configurations": [
        {
            "showDevDebugOutput": true,
            "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}",
            "executable": "./build/SkeletonCode.elf",
            "name": "Debug STM32",
            "request": "launch",
            "type": "cortex-debug",
            "servertype": "openocd",
            "preLaunchTask": "Build STM",
            "device": "stlink",
            "configFiles": [
                "interface/stlink.cfg",
                "target/stm32f1x.cfg"
            ]
        }
    ]
}

tasks.json configuration

{
    "version": "2.0.0",
    "tasks": [
        {
            "label": "Build STM",
            "type": "process",
            "command": "${command:stm32-for-vscode.build}",
            "options": {
                "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}"
            },
            "group": {
                "kind": "build",
                "isDefault": true
            },
            "problemMatcher": [
                "$gcc"
            ]
        },
        {
            "label": "Build Clean STM",
            "type": "process",
            "command": "${command:stm32-for-vscode.cleanBuild}",
            "options": {
                "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}"
            },
            "group": {
                "kind": "build",
                "isDefault": true
            },
            "problemMatcher": [
                "$gcc"
            ]
        },
        {
            "label": "Flash STM",
            "type": "process",
            "command": "${command:stm32-for-vscode.flash}",
            "options": {
                "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}"
            },
            "group": {
                "kind": "build",
                "isDefault": true
            },
            "problemMatcher": [
                "$gcc"
            ]
        }
    ]
}

When I start debugging I get the code control in the startup file on movs r1, #0 with the debugger controls with the following:

Output:

Open On-Chip Debugger 0.11.0-rc2+dev-g427552c-dirty (2021-01-30-10:09)
Licensed under GNU GPL v2
For bug reports, read
    http://openocd.org/doc/doxygen/bugs.html
Info : auto-selecting first available session transport "hla_swd". To override use 'transport select <transport>'.
Info : The selected transport took over low-level target control. The results might differ compared to plain JTAG/SWD
Info : Listening on port 6666 for tcl connections
Info : Listening on port 4444 for telnet connections
Info : clock speed 1000 kHz
Info : STLINK V2J37S7 (API v2) VID:PID 0483:3748
Info : Target voltage: 5.022309
Info : stm32f1x.cpu: hardware has 6 breakpoints, 4 watchpoints
Info : starting gdb server for stm32f1x.cpu on 50000
Info : Listening on port 50000 for gdb connections
Info : accepting 'gdb' connection on tcp/50000
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Handler HardFault
xPSR: 0x01000003 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xffffffd8
Info : device id = 0x20036410
Info : flash size = 64kbytes
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread 
xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xfffffffc
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread 
xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xfffffffc
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread 
xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0x08000974 msp: 0x20005000

Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 100ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 700ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 1500ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 3100ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms
Info : Previous state query failed, trying to reconnect
Error: jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 6300ms

Debug console output

Reading symbols from '/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/build/SkeletonCode.elf'
Finished reading symbols
Please check OUTPUT tab (Adapter Output) for output from /usr/local/bin/openocd
Launching server: "/usr/local/bin/openocd" "-c" "gdb_port 50000" "-s" "/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton" "-f" "interface/stlink.cfg" "-f" "target/stm32f1x.cfg"
Launching GDB: "arm-none-eabi-gdb" "-q" "--interpreter=mi2"
1-gdb-set target-async on
2-interpreter-exec console "source /Users/engmoh/.vscode/extensions/marus25.cortex-debug-0.3.10/support/gdbsupport.init"
3-target-select extended-remote localhost:50000
4-interpreter-exec console "monitor reset halt"
5-target-download
6-interpreter-exec console "monitor reset halt"
7-enable-pretty-printing
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"notify","asyncClass":"thread-group-added","output":[["id","i1"]]}]}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"console","content":"Reading symbols from /Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/build/SkeletonCode.elf...\n"}]}
Reading symbols from /Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/build/SkeletonCode.elf...
GDB -> App: {"token":1,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[]}}
GDB -> App: {"token":2,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[]}}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"notify","asyncClass":"thread-group-started","output":[["id","i1"],["pid","42000"]]}]}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"notify","asyncClass":"thread-created","output":[["id","1"],["group-id","i1"]]}]}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"console","content":"0xfffffffe in ?? ()\n"}]}
0xfffffffe in ?? ()
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"exec","asyncClass":"stopped","output":[["frame",[["addr","0xfffffffe"],["func","??"],["args",[]],["arch","armv7"]]],["thread-id","1"],["stopped-threads","all"]]}]}
Not implemented stop reason (assuming exception): undefined
GDB -> App: {"token":3,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"connected","results":[]}}
8-thread-list-ids
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread \n"}]}
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xfffffffc\n"}]}
xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xfffffffc
GDB -> App: {"token":4,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[]}}
9-thread-list-ids
GDB -> App: {"token":5,"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"status","asyncClass":"download","output":[]}]}
GDB -> App: {"token":5,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["address","0x08000974"],["load-size","4116"],["transfer-rate","159072"],["write-rate","686"]]}}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"\n"}]}

GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure\n"}]}
jtag status contains invalid mode value - communication failure
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine\n"}]}
Polling target stm32f1x.cpu failed, trying to reexamine
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"target","content":"Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 100ms\n"}]}
Examination failed, GDB will be halted. Polling again in 100ms
GDB -> App: {"token":6,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[]}}
GDB -> App: {"token":7,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[]}}
10-break-insert "/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/Core/Src/main.c:63"
GDB -> App: {"token":8,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["thread-ids",[["thread-id","1"]]],["current-thread-id","1"],["number-of-threads","1"]]}}
11-thread-info 1
GDB -> App: {"token":9,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["thread-ids",[["thread-id","1"]]],["current-thread-id","1"],["number-of-threads","1"]]}}
12-thread-info 1
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"console","content":"Note: automatically using hardware breakpoints for read-only addresses.\n"}]}
Note: automatically using hardware breakpoints for read-only addresses.
GDB -> App: {"token":10,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["bkpt",[["number","1"],["type","breakpoint"],["disp","keep"],["enabled","y"],["addr","0x080001a4"],["func","main"],["file","Core/Src/main.c"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/Core/Src/main.c"],["line","72"],["thread-groups",["i1"]],["times","0"],["original-location","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/Core/Src/main.c:63"]]]]}}
GDB -> App: {"token":11,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["threads",[[["id","1"],["target-id","Remote target"],["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["args",[]],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]],["state","stopped"]]]]]}}
GDB -> App: {"token":12,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["threads",[[["id","1"],["target-id","Remote target"],["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["args",[]],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]],["state","stopped"]]]]]}}
13-stack-info-depth --thread 1 10000
GDB -> App: {"token":13,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["depth","1"]]}}
14-stack-list-frames --thread 1 0 0
GDB -> App: {"token":14,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["stack",[["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]]]]]}}
15-thread-list-ids
GDB -> App: {"token":15,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["thread-ids",[["thread-id","1"]]],["current-thread-id","1"],["number-of-threads","1"]]}}
16-thread-info 1
17-data-list-register-names
GDB -> App: {"token":16,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["threads",[[["id","1"],["target-id","Remote target"],["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["args",[]],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]],["state","stopped"]]]]]}}
GDB -> App: {"token":17,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["register-names",["r0","r1","r2","r3","r4","r5","r6","r7","r8","r9","r10","r11","r12","sp","lr","pc","","","","","","","","","","xPSR","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","","msp","psp","primask","basepri","faultmask","control"]]]}}
18-stack-info-depth --thread 1 10000
GDB -> App: {"token":18,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["depth","1"]]}}
19-stack-list-frames --thread 1 0 0
GDB -> App: {"token":19,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["stack",[["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]]]]]}}
20-stack-info-depth --thread 1 10000
GDB -> App: {"token":20,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["depth","1"]]}}
21-stack-list-frames --thread 1 0 0
GDB -> App: {"token":21,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["stack",[["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]]]]]}}
22-thread-list-ids
GDB -> App: {"token":22,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["thread-ids",[["thread-id","1"]]],["current-thread-id","1"],["number-of-threads","1"]]}}
23-thread-info 1
GDB -> App: {"token":23,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["threads",[[["id","1"],["target-id","Remote target"],["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["args",[]],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]],["state","stopped"]]]]]}}
24-data-list-register-values N
GDB -> App: {"token":24,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["register-values",[[["number","0"],["value","0"]],[["number","1"],["value","0"]],[["number","2"],["value","0"]],[["number","3"],["value","0"]],[["number","4"],["value","0"]],[["number","5"],["value","0"]],[["number","6"],["value","0"]],[["number","7"],["value","0"]],[["number","8"],["value","0"]],[["number","9"],["value","0"]],[["number","10"],["value","0"]],[["number","11"],["value","0"]],[["number","12"],["value","0"]],[["number","13"],["value","0xffffffd8"]],[["number","14"],["value","-7"]],[["number","15"],["value","0x8000974 <Reset_Handler>"]],[["number","25"],["value","16777219"]],[["number","91"],["value","0x20005000"]],[["number","92"],["value","0x0"]],[["number","93"],["value","0"]],[["number","94"],["value","0"]],[["number","95"],["value","0"]],[["number","96"],["value","0"]]]]]}}
25-stack-list-variables --thread 1 --frame 0 --simple-values
GDB -> App: {"token":25,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["variables",[]]]}}
26-data-evaluate-expression --thread 1 --frame 0 LoopCopyDataInit
GDB -> App: {"token":26,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["value","{<text variable, no debug info>} 0x8000980 <Reset_Handler+12>"]]}}
27-data-evaluate-expression --thread 1 --frame 0 Reset_Handler
GDB -> App: {"token":27,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["value","{<text variable, no debug info>} 0x8000974 <Reset_Handler>"]]}}
28-data-evaluate-expression --thread 1 --frame 0 .weak
GDB -> App: {"token":28,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"error","results":[["msg","A syntax error in expression, near `.weak'."]]}}
hover: A syntax error in expression, near `.weak'. (from data-evaluate-expression --thread 1 --frame 0 .weak)

as soon as I click on step into from the debugger control I get the following console output:

DB -> App: {"token":29,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"done","results":[["frame",[["level","0"],["addr","0x08000974"],["func","Reset_Handler"],["file","startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["fullname","/Users/engmoh/Embedded/VSCODE_Projects/2-STM32_Skeleton/startup_stm32f103xb.s"],["line","65"],["arch","armv7"]]]]}}
30-exec-step --thread 1
GDB -> App: {"token":30,"outOfBandRecord":[],"resultRecords":{"resultClass":"running","results":[]}}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":false,"type":"exec","asyncClass":"running","output":[["thread-id","all"]]}]}
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"log","content":"Warning:\n"}]}
Warning:
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"log","content":"Cannot insert hardware breakpoint 1.\n"}]}
Cannot insert hardware breakpoint 1.
GDB -> App: {"outOfBandRecord":[{"isStream":true,"type":"log","content":"Could not insert hardware breakpoints:\n"}]}

Although, I have not set any breakpoints at all!

and in **Output ** I get:

Info : dropped 'gdb' connection
shutdown command invoked

Then the debugger controls buttons are grayed out! and my MCU is bricked and I would need to Erase it using a UART connection to get it back to work!

What to do? How to be able to program and debug this board using my environment!

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    \$\begingroup\$ Target voltage: 5.022309: This doesn't sound right. How exactly have you connected the ST-Link to your target board? Furthermore I recommend you first verify the ST-Link setup by reading the chip info and flashing firmware using st-util and similar tools and then move on to debugging. \$\endgroup\$ – Codo Jan 31 at 18:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Codo It is connected correctly using the SWDIO SWCLK 3.3V and GND connection. I already tried the same hardware with PlatformIO an It's working flawlessly! \$\endgroup\$ – The_M_Code Feb 1 at 18:25
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As it is set in the config file you are only building but not flashing the software when you run the debug configuration.

You need to run the flashing task first, then you will be running the fresh code. You can do it with: ctrl+shift+P (will open the command palette) -> Build and flash to stm32 platform

Otherwise, you can change "Build STM" to "Flash STM" in the config file. This will flash every time you run the configuration. Notice: it won't work if you restart the debug configuration. You need to stop it and start it again.

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