tl;dr: Does anybody have experience with SVD files?
Since it happened at least two times that ports of RIOT to new hardware was put
on halt because of unclear or no license statements in hardware manufacturers
header files I did some research into this direction.
What I found yet are SVD (System View Definition) files, specified by ARM and somehow
distributed I was thinking about generating missing header files directly from this
Would it make sense to generate our own header files from these files?
Does anybody have any experience with those files and license implications with those?
(When searching the ARM page there are a couple of EULAs to accept and so forth)
Any input on this topic is welcome.
The only tool I've found for converting SVD to header files is the
svdconv.exe that comes with the Keil IDE. The headers it produces are
somewhat convoluted and it did not make nice indexable arrays and such
of array-like register sets, at least when feeding it with the Kinetis
SVD files that I've found. It did however give some warnings about
those SVD files so it might have been badly formed input files as
well. It is difficult to find any information about how the industry
is working with SVD files...
Does anyone have any inside connections on the larger manufacturers
and can tell something about what tools are used "on the inside"?
Since the SVD files are XML it is fully possible to write an xslt file
and use xsltproc to produce whatever output we want from the .svd, but
it is not going to be a small task to write such an xslt.
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