Btmon is very useful tool for HCI messaging monitoring on Linux systems. It helps to understand how Bluetooth host talks to controller, debug issues, implement new features in the host etc. When we have started work with Mynewt we knew that we need tool like this. Of course Mynewt has a way to print all the HCI logs in hex, but decoding it on fly is not the best thing to do. So here it is, Mynewt can be configured in the way that btmon can be used. Detailed information you can find here. Below we show an example how to use it.
For the demo purpose we will use btshell application running on nRF52840 PDK. We will configure it to most convenient option, which is: keep bi-directional console on UART and configure Mynewt to send HCI over RTT to btmon.
Let’s start from creating target:
newt target create btshell newt target set btshell app=@apache-mynewt-core/apps/btshell bsp=@apache-mynewt-core/hw/bsp/nordic_pca10056 build_profile=optimized
We should not forget about boot image:
newt target create nrf52_boot newt target set nrf52_boot app=@apache-mynewt-core/apps/boot bsp=@apache-mynewt-core/hw/bsp/nordic_pca10056 build_profile=optimized
Now we need to add additional
syscfg.yml file into
target/btshell/ folder in order to enable HCI over RTT. That file should look like this:
cat targets/btshell/syscfg.yml syscfg.vals: BLE_MONITOR_RTT: 1
Once configuration is done, let’s build btshell and flash it onto nRF52840pdk
newt build nrf52_boot newt load nrf52_boot newt build btshell newt create-image btshell 1 newt load btshell
Board is ready to play with. Shell is available under
/dev/ttyACMx . Test it by typing
Now we came to most interesting part, HCI tracing. Since btmon can only read data from
tty, we need small tool to redirect RTT data to PTY. It is called rtt2pty and is ready for download from our GitHub here. It is delivered as an Eclipse project, so just import it, build and run. Here is how the outcome should look like:
> ./rtt2pty -b btmonitor Connected to: J-Link OB-SAM3U128-V2-NordicSemi compiled Jun 9 2017 14:57:23 S/N: 683958770 Searching for RTT control block... Found 3 up-buffers. Using buffer #1 (size=256) PTY name is /dev/pts/3
And that is it. Now for test let us try to scan for devices around with btshell (don’t forget to set address of device for btshell) e.g.
btshell> set addr=11:11:11:11:11:11 btshell> scan