On Linux PopOS (Ubuntu pedigree), release v21.04, with a fresh VScode install: 1.59.1 x64. Installed through a .deb package (not through a flatpak). I went through the extension’s sidebar to install PlatformIO extension. It installed, but it didn’t ask me to reload, but I watched the output log until it was finished, and then I reloaded VScode.
I noticed there is no Home button in the bottom left as the Quick Start guide Step 1 claims:
I found several posts, although from 2020 and earlier, where this was a problem, all talked about Developer tools, reloading, etc. So I did this too:
I have thought it was something else like this whole new thing about WorkSpace Trusts, so I explicitly trusted my home directory and tweaked the Settings JSON according to a bunch of other posts and googlings I found.
I still dont seem to get any new clues where to look next. It just doesn’t behave as the PlatformIO Quick Start docs is telling me to expect, nor do the dozens of other posts having the same No Home Button threads have similar errors or hurdles.
So are there other places I could look around for more evidence what the hang ups could be?
Okay, followed that all, and yet clicking the Install button in VScode still does not prompt for reload. When I disable it and/or uninstall it, it does prompt for reload, but never for installing. I close and reload anyways (after it acknowledges that it’s finished installing and enabling the extension).
Back to where I started, but now with more virtual python environments.
I also don’t remember all these workspace trust problems from my earlier vscode, so I’m guessing this is something in the recent version I have installed. Anyways… I found this setting potentially in the way. I put in some trusting overriding as such:
I think I figured it out… I’m really REALLY new to all this; I am not a developer, just someone who really wants to do more with STM32F* MCUs without using ArduinoIDE, because it doesn’t let me use all the stuff that’s available.
SO! I spun up a virtualbox of my linuxOS with NOTHING installed, but this time from the CLI did an:
Then when I opened vscode, I installed the latest PlatformIO extension, and everything popped up like the Quick Start docs expected. So it seems I’m such a newbie, that I didn’t realize that I needed basic stuff installed even more I installed the extension in vscode.
Now I can go back to having no idea what I’m writing when it comes to STM32F* and HAL, etc.