14.4. RTEMS BSP Builder

The RTEMS BSP Builder is an RTEMS developer tool to build RTEMS in ways users do not to test changes to RTEMS. RTEMS has large number of architectures, board support packages and configuration options. This tool provides a standard way to test a change.

14.4.1. Developer Workflows

There are a number of RTEMS developers each with a different view or expertise in RTEMS. Developers can work in the generic areas such as scheduling, file systems or the shell, or users can become developers adding a new BSP, or even a new port to a new architecture. A common approach for all these developers is to select a BSP and to work with that BSP. Developers working in a generic areas of RTEMS tend to select a BSP that has good simulator support with good debugging such as QEMU, while developers of a new BSP or a new port tend to work on target hardware. This type of development does not check the other architectures, BSP, and build options and a change may change the number of warnings or introduce build errors. It is important for the RTEMS project to have developers fix these issues before pushing the changes to the master repository to avoid breaking the code for other developers. It is best for a developer to resolve as many issues as they work on changes because comming back to a problem often proves difficult.

The RTEMS BSP Builder forms part of a developers workflow where patches are tested before being pushed to the repository.

14.4.2. Build Characteristics

Build characteristic are the various parts of a build that can varied changing what is built. RTEMS can vary builds based on:

  1. Architecture

  2. Board Support Package (BSP)

  3. Build options

  4. BSP Options

The BSP Builder provides a template of builds to try and reduce the possble combinations to something manageable. It is not realistic to build all possible combinations on a single machine in reasonible time.

The RTEMS BSP Builder specifies it builds in terms of:

  1. Profiles

  2. Architectures

  3. BSPs

  4. Builds

The RTEMS BSP Builder builds are created by user options that vary these parameters. Profiles

A profile is named collection of architectures and board support packages. When the RTEMS BSP Builder is asked to build a specific profile it builds the BSPs in the specified architectures.

The default configuration provides standard profiles for Tiers. They are:

  1. tier-1 (default)

  2. tier-2

  3. tier-3

  4. tier-4

The everythings profile allows all BSPs to be built. Builds

A build is a list of builds or a build set and each BSP in a profile, architecture of BSP is built with.

The default configuration provides standard builds based around the commonly varied configure options.

The builds are:

  1. all (default)

  2. tests

  3. standard, also no-tests

  4. debug

  5. profiling

  6. smp

  7. smp-debug

  8. posix

  9. no-posix

  10. posix-debug

  11. posix-profiling

  12. network

  13. no-network

  14. network-debug

  15. smp-network

  16. smp-network-debug All Build

The all build is:

  • debug

  • profiling

  • smp

  • smp-debug

  • posix

  • no-posix

  • posix-debug

  • posix-profiling

  • network

  • no-network

  • network-debug

  • smp-network

  • smp-network-debug

A build maps to specific configuration options. The mappings are:


config:base, config:debug


config:base, config:profiling


config:base, config:smp


config:base, config:smp, config:debug


config:base, config:posix


config:base, config:no-posix


config:base, config:posix, config:debug


config:base, config:posix, config:profiling


config:base, config:network


config:base, config:no-network


config:base, config:network, config:debug


config:base, config:smp, config:network


config:base, config:smp, config:network, config:debug

14.4.3. Build Configurations

Build configurations are configure options. These are mapped to the various builds. The configurations are:


--target=@ARCH@-rtems@RTEMS_VERSION@ --enable-rtemsbsp=@BSP@ --prefix=@PREFIX@























14.4.4. Performance

The RTEMS BSP Builder is designed to extract the maximum performance from your hardware when building RTEMS. The RTEMS build system is based on autoconf, automake and GNU make. Building consists of two phases:

  1. Configuring

  2. Building

The Configuring phase and the start of the Build phase runs autoconf’s configure scripts. These execute as a single linear process and are not run in parallel even if you specify more than one job to make. The configure part of a build is approximately 30% of the total time and higher if building the tests. Performing a single build at a time will not fully utilized a multi-core machine because of the large amount of time the system is idle.

The RTEMS BSP Builder can run more than one build in parallel. A build can also request make run its build with more than one job. The --jobs option lets a user specify the number of build jobs to run at once and the number of make jobs each build runs with. Together these options can fully load a system and can overload a machine.

Tuning the best ratio of buld jobs to make jobs requires running some builds and observing the system’s performance. If the build job count is too low the system will show idle periods and if you have too many build jobs with too many make jobs the system will have too many processing running and the operating system’s overheads in administting too processes at once lowers the overall performance.

A fast eight core machine where the operating system shows sixteen cores can support a build option of --jobs=5/10. The machine will be fully loaded the average build time is around 18 seconds.

The type of build selected effects the optimum jobs option. For example building the tests changes the percentage of time spent configuring copmared to bulding so the make jobs parameter becomes a dominant factor. Lowering the make jobs value avoids having too many active processes running at once.

14.4.5. Command

rtems-bsp-builder [options]


Display a compact help.

-h, --help

Display the full help.


Prefix to pass to configure when building a BSP.


The path the RTEMS tools such as the C compiler. This option avoid polluting your path. This path is to the tool’s prefix used to build and install the tools and not exact path to an executable.


The path the RTEMS source tree to build.


The path to build the BSP and place the build output. This can be any path and away from your current directory or the RTEMS source code. The storage does not need to be fast like an SSD.


The log file.


Print a configuration report and exit.


Create a warnings report once all builds have finished.


Stop the build on an error. The default is to build all the builds for a profile.


Do not remove the build once finished. This option lets you inspect the built output. The amount of output can be large and disks can fill with this option.


Build the comma separated list of profiles. The default is tier-1.


A comma separated list of architecures to build using the selected build.


A comma separated list of BSPs to build where a BSP is of the format arch/bsp using the selected build.


The build to be used. The default is all. See --config-report for a list of vlaid builds.


The jobs options where the format is build-jobs/make-jobs. The default is 1/num-cores where num-cores is the operating system reported number of cores.


Do not do the actual builds just show what would be built. Examples

The following is a tier-1 profile build of all on a machine where all the source and tools are located on fast SSD disks and the build happens on a spinning disk mounted under build. The build uses a development source tree that is bootstrapped and ready to build. The source can have local patches that need to be regression tested:

$ /opt/rtems/5/bin/rtems-bsp-builder --build-path=/build/rtems \
          --rtems-tools=/opt/work/rtems/5 \
          --rtems=/opt/work/chris/rtems/kernel/rtems.git \
          --profiles=tier-1 \
RTEMS Tools Project - RTEMS Kernel BSP Builder, 5.not_released
Profile(s): tier-1
Cleaning: bsp-builds
[  1/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (debug)                         Start
[  1/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (debug)                         Creating: bsp-builds/arm/altcycv_devkit.debug
[  2/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (no-posix)                      Start
[  2/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (no-posix)                      Creating: bsp-builds/arm/altcycv_devkit.no-posix
[  3/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix)                         Start
[  1/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (debug)                         Configuring
[  3/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix)                         Creating: bsp-builds/arm/altcycv_devkit.posix
[  2/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (no-posix)                      Configuring
[  4/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix-debug)                   Start
[  1/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (debug)                         Building
[  3/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix)                         Configuring
[  4/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix-debug)                   Creating: bsp-builds/arm/altcycv_devkit.posix-debug
[  2/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (no-posix)                      Building
[  5/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix-profiling)               Start
[  4/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix-debug)                   Configuring
[  3/655] arm/altcycv_devkit (posix)                         Building
[654/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-profiling)                       PASS
[654/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-profiling)                       Warnings:0  exes:0  objs:0  libs:0
[654/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-profiling)                       Finished (duration:0:01:49.002189)
[654/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-profiling)                       Status: Pass:  655  Fail:    0 (configure:0 build:0)
[655/655] sparc/ngmp (profiling)                             PASS
[655/655] sparc/ngmp (profiling)                             Warnings:0  exes:0  objs:0  libs:0
[655/655] sparc/ngmp (profiling)                             Finished (duration:0:01:260.002098)
[655/655] sparc/ngmp (profiling)                             Status: Pass:  655  Fail:    0 (configure:0 build:0)
[651/655] sparc/ngmp (no-posix)                              Cleaning: bsp-builds/sparc/ngmp.no-posix
[652/655] sparc/ngmp (posix)                                 Cleaning: bsp-builds/sparc/ngmp.posix
[653/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-debug)                           Cleaning: bsp-builds/sparc/ngmp.posix-debug
[654/655] sparc/ngmp (posix-profiling)                       Cleaning: bsp-builds/sparc/ngmp.posix-profiling
[655/655] sparc/ngmp (profiling)                             Cleaning: bsp-builds/sparc/ngmp.profiling
Total: Warnings:31689  exes:6291  objs:793839  libs:37897
 No failure(s)
Average BSP Build Time: 0:00:18.165000
Total Time 3:41:48.075006
Passes: 655   Failures: 0

To build a couple of BSPs you are interested in with tests:

$ /opt/rtems/5/bin/rtems-bsp-builder --build-path=/build/rtems \
          --rtems-tools=/opt/work/rtems/5 \
          --rtems=/opt/work/chris/rtems/kernel/rtems.git \
          ----log=lpc-log \
          --bsp=arm/lpc2362,arm/lpc23xx_tli800 \
          --build=tests \
RTEMS Tools Project - RTEMS Kernel BSP Builder, 5.not_released
BSPS(s): arm/lpc2362, arm/lpc23xx_tli800
Cleaning: bsp-builds
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Start
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Creating: bsp-builds/arm/lpc2362.tests
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Start
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Creating: bsp-builds/arm/lpc23xx_tli800.tests
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Configuring
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Configuring
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Building
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Building
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        FAIL
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Warnings:74  exes:58  objs:1645  libs:74
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Finished (duration:0:01:31.708252)
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Status: Pass:    0  Fail:    2 (configure:0 build:2)
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) FAIL
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Warnings:74  exes:51  objs:1632  libs:74
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Finished (duration:0:01:31.747582)
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Status: Pass:    0  Fail:    2 (configure:0 build:2)
[1/2] arm/lpc2362 (tests)        Cleaning: bsp-builds/arm/lpc2362.tests
[2/2] arm/lpc23xx_tli800 (tests) Cleaning: bsp-builds/arm/lpc23xx_tli800.tests
Total: Warnings:74  exes:109  objs:3277  libs:148
   1 tests arm/lpc2362 build:
      configure: /opt/work/chris/rtems/kernel/rtems.git/configure --target\
      =arm-rtems5 --enable-rtemsbsp=lpc2362 --prefix=/opt/rtems/5\
     error: ld/collect2:0 error: math.exe section '.rodata' will not fit
            in region 'ROM_INT'; region 'ROM_INT' overflowed by 7284 bytes

   2 tests arm/lpc23xx_tli800 build:
      configure: /opt/work/chris/rtems/kernel/rtems.git/configure --target\
      =arm-rtems5 --enable-rtemsbsp=lpc23xx_tli800\
      --prefix=/opt/rtems/5 --enable-tests
     error: ld/collect2:0 error: math.exe section '.text' will not fit in
            region 'ROM_INT'; region 'ROM_INT' overflowed by 13972 bytes

Average BSP Build Time: 0:00:46.658257
Total Time 0:01:33.316514
Passes: 0   Failures: 2

The summary report printed shows both BSP builds failed with the error detail shown. In this case both are linker related errors where the test do not fit into the target’s available resources.