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The examples are designed to be built with GCC for the MSP430 (msp430-elf-gcc). You can download a build of GCC from TI's website, although you may also have a build from another location. Downloading from TI will require registering & agreeing to some export control conditions. The following assumes you have installed this version of GCC.
If you want to use an external programmer, you can also download a Command-Line MSP430Flasher program.
Include File Location
Currently, the provided GCC does not seem to add the MSP430 header files as a default include location. Instead you must specify the location of these files in the Makefile - on Windows for example this defaults to
C:\ti\msp430_gcc\include . You will see one of the first lines of the Makefile specifies this path:
INC_PATH = C:/ti/msp430_gcc/include/
Batch File for Building
When running make, you'll need to have the msp430-gcc files on your system path. Rather than modifying your path, you may wish to make a batch file with the path on it. For Windows you can call this file
tigcc.bat, and for example the following shows including both GCC and the flasher program:
Double-clicking on this file should give you a command prompt which now has tools like
msp430-elf-gcc in the path: