8.1. Understanding concerto makefile system

8.1.1. Introduction

concerto is a GNU make based build system used by many components within PSDK RTOS. It is a collection of make rules and make macro’s to stream line compile and link across multiple code gen tools, CPU arch’s, operating systems, SoC’s.

Below components use concerto based build system in PSDK RTOS

  • Ethernet firmware

  • Remote Device

  • Imaging

  • Perception (PTK)

  • TI OpenVX

  • Vision apps

This developer note describes common command line and makefile options that an end user will find useful when building software using concerto

8.1.2. Directories and files of concerto

  • The software package, also referred to as project here, supports a concerto based build system when you find a folder named concerto at top level. You will also find a top level Makefile and a file target.mak

  • The concerto folder is agnostic of the software project and the same folder will be present in different software projects

  • The concerto/ folder also contains a README file which has more details about the internal working of concerto

  • The concerto/ folder contains common make rules and make macros which are then used to build libraries and exectuables.

  • The concerto/compilers contains compiler specific rules, for example, c6x, c7x, r5f, x86 compiler specific rules

  • The /target.mak has project specific make rules, the most common rules are listed below

    • include paths, SYSIDIRS, that are needed for all files in this project

    • library paths, SYSLDIRS, that are searched for all libraries in this project

    • global defines, SYSDEFS, or -D compile flags, that are applied for all files in this project

  • The /Makefile is the top level entry point to the project build

    • Doing make all or simply make will build all the software for this project

    • Doing make clean will clean all the build for this project

  • The output of concerto build is kept in the folder ${SW_COMPONENT}/out/

    • The files are arranged hierarchically, based on first PLATFORM, then CPU, then OS, then PROFILE, then module

    • Example

    • module contains multiple folder, one for each library or executable in this project. It will contain the string mentioned in TARGET variable in concerto.mak file

8.1.3. Concerto basic’s

  • concerto searches for files named concerto.mak starting from project root folder and all sub directories within it

    • Each concerto.mak builds a library or an executable

    • The directories to search for are listed in the make variable DIRECTORIES in /Makefile

  • concerto builds the files for a list of TARGET_COMBOS defined in /Makefile

    • A sample target combo is listed below

    • It defines a combo/tuple of SOC, OS, CPU ARCH, CPU NUMBER(not used), BUILD PROFILE, TOOL CHAIN

    • Typically in a SDK like in Jacinto 7, the same files or libaries are built for multiple CPUs by having more than one target combo.

    • Using top level make variables, we can skip certain target combo’s if not needed. For example, build only debug profile or build only C7x libraries and so on.

8.1.4. Common command line options to use when building

make command


make all

Build everything

make clean

Clean everything

make scrub

Delete all generated files

make <maketarget> SHOW_COMMANDS=1

Verbose build, shows compiler invocation including all arguments passed to the compiler

make <maketarget> PROFILE=<profile name>

Build’s a specific profile, valid values are, debug release all

make targets

List all granular targets (libraries or executables) enabled in current build

make <maketarget>

Build a specific target listed during make targets


make targets lists all enabled granular build targets. An example is shown below:


Do make targetname1 to build the target named targetname1. This will build all dependant libraries and files within this project as well.

This can be used when you dont want to build the whole SW, but want to only build a specific library or executable.

It will not build libraries outside this project.

8.1.5. Anatomy of concerto.mak file

  • A sample concerto.mak file is shown below

    include $(PRELUDE)
    # all variable setup should be between PRELUDE and FINALE
    TARGET      := my_lib_name
    TARGETTYPE  := library
    CSOURCES    := $(call all-c-files)
    include $(FINALE)
  • Each concerto.mak builds a library or executable.

    • Above example is a minimum concerto.mak file content

    • This builds all C files present in the folder where this concerto.mak is located

    • Here TARGETTYPE is library, another option is exe for executable type

    • The final output file name (library or executable), will contain the string “my_lib_name”

      • Depending on the compiler type, a filename prefix, postfix and extension would be chosen

      • Example, for linux systems the library name would be libmy_lib_name.a

  • Users can set additional variables or use usual makefile commands to customize this file

  • Predefined and commonly used variables are listed below




    List of C files to build, list each file explicitly or use the macro $(call all-c-files)


    -D defines to apply when compiling files for this target


    include search paths to apply when compiling files for this target


    additional compiler flags to apply when compiling files for this target


    library search paths to apply when linking files for this executable target


    static libraries (.a) to link when creating executable


    shared libraries (.so) to link when creating executable


    additional linker flags to apply when linking files for this executable target


    when SKIPBUILD=1, it would skip build of this target, useful to temporarily skip building certain concerto.mak files

  • Typically a SW project would put the contents of the concerto.mak under a ifeq as shown below

    ifeq ($(TARGET_CPU),$(filter $(TARGET_CPU), x86_64 A72))
    • This allows to build certain libraries for certain CPUs or certain OS or certain SoCs

    • Below variables are used to control this




      CPU architecture type


      OS type


      SoC or SoC family type


      Build profile

  • Using these building blocks and variables users can now use the usual makefile rules to make their project build more modular. Examples,

    • use ifeq with $(filter …) to conditionally select files based on make variables

    • use include to collect common include paths, libraries in common files

    • define project specific variables and use them in concerto.mak to conditionally build files or set specific compiler flags

8.1.6. Concerto tip’s and trick’s How do I build just one library or executable ?

  • Do make targets to list all enabled granular targets

  • Do make <targetname> to build a specific target How do I clean just one library or executable ?

  • You need to know which PLATFORM, OS, CPU, PROFILE, you have built the library or executable.

  • You need to know the name of the target as mentioned in the concerto.mak file

  • Goto the folder out/<PLATFORM>/<OS>/<CPU>/<PROFILE>/module/

  • Delete the required *<targetname>* folder’s How do I see what exact options were passed to the compiler, linker ?

Do make SHOW_COMMANDS=1 How do I not build a specific target or concerto.mak file ?

Add the variable SKIPBUILD=1 in the concerto.mak file. Make sure to add in between the include $(PRELUDE) and include $(FINALE). My project executable depends on a library file from another concerto project, will concerto trigger a build of the external library ?

NO. concerto or rather make only builds libraries and executables within the current project. You need to add rules manually to trigger build of dependent external libraries. Will usual make options like -jN work with concerto ?

Yes. concerto is not a build system on its own. It is a collection of common make rules and make variables. So all usual make options and make commands will work with concerto. How do I integrate a new build macro into multiple projects ?

The Imaging, TI OpenVX, and Vision Apps projects all include a common file that contain shared flags. This file is located at tiovx/build_flags.mak. This file is included in the Makefiles of each of these projects. To create a new build macro, first add a new variable to this file. Next, edit the Makefiles of each of these projects to add a new flag to the BUILD_DEFS compiler flag based on the flag set in tiovx/build_flags.mak. If further projects need to add the same flag, the tiovx/build_flags.mak must be included within that project’s Makefile.