When I initially began using Contiki, the recommended GCC version for compiling ARM binaries was 4.9.3.
It is important not to use the
arm-none-eabi-gcc package from the Ubuntu repos, because it cannot compile Contiki properly.
It is possible to install a working v4.9.3 of the ARM GCC using a PPA owned by Terry Guo. Unfortunately, that PPA does not have any binaries for Xenial. Fortunately, there is a different PPA with a newer version, v5.3.1, and which I have found does work in Ubuntu 16.04!
It should be noted that this newer version may be liable to have other bugs that have yet to be reported. YMMV. But – if we must, we must.
First, make sure to uninstall whatever version you may or may not already have:
sudo apt-get remove gcc-arm-none-eabi binutils
Ubuntu ≥ 16.04
The PPA we want in this case is from the GCC ARM Embedded Maintainer’s team.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-gcc-arm-embedded/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-embedded
Ubuntu < 16.04
For Ubuntu machines older than 16.04, the answer is to use the
Add Terry Guo’s PPA and install the toolchain.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:terry.guo/gcc-arm-embedded sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install arm-gcc-none-eabi