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Generic Makefile Build Chain for Symbian OS v. 1.1

The build chain was originally made by Harry Li. I just continued the project and added support for staticlibrary linking, debugging etc.
What’s new:

  • Support for QtCreator and Nokia QtSDK.
  • GCCE was updated into 4.x in QtSDK, and that’s now being used in new build scripts.


  • The C preprocessor can be used much better with makefile than with abld build. You can not compile a project relying heavily on c preprocessor with abld build, so the makefile build is really an essential tool for those projects.
  • It makes porting software from linux based systems easier. The GCCE is just a GCC build for SymbianΒ  so now you can use GCC (hopefully almost same version) and same the build rules for the port in Symbian also.
  • You can create static libs from the code that is hard to port (you need some custom compiling tricks), and then link into it from mmp-files or from Qt project files.
  • The generic makefile build is also faster than the abld build. You could (hopefully) also make it faster with “-j” option with the future versions of GCCE

Here are the instructions to use this environment.

  1. Install MSYS
  2. The script should be executed from \gms directory. The script also expects to have \dist\gcce and \obj\gcce directories under the gms directory, so you should also make these folders.
  3. The OS_HRH part doesn’t seem to work in the I solved this my replacing the include statement in epoc32\gcce\gcce.h to
    #if defined(__PRODUCT_INCLUDE__)
     #include <variant/Symbian_OS.hrh> //for MinGW
     //#include __PRODUCT_INCLUDE__ //quick hack

    Build with this “Gnu Make for Symbian”, you need three files Makefile,Β and in myapp/gms path. You should also make folders myapp/gms/dist/gcce and myapp/gms/obj/gcce . Also three environment parameters should be set like this:

    • SYMBIAN_SDK_PATH = /c/QtSDK/Symbian/SDKs/Symbian3Qt473/
    • ACTIVE_PERL = /c/QtSDK/Symbian/tools/perl/bin/perl.exe
    • CC_INSTALL_PATH = /c/QtSDK/Symbian/tools/gcce4/bin

    Please be noted the first one should contains a trailing slash like classic EPOCROOT environment variable. The second one is the ActivePerl .exe file used by some resource compiler script. The last one is the path to GCCE compiler installation path, without trailing slash. If there are spaces in any of them, please use “\ ” backslash with a space instead.
    After all these done, you could change your working directory into the build home by “cd /c/myapp/gms“. Then use the following commands to build.

    • make debug” will do the debug build,
    • “make release” will do the release build
    • “make clean” will do the clean
    • make pack” will also do the makesis work.

    a sample of is shown on below. The syntax is pretty similar to the mmp file. Note that if you are creating a static library, then you don’t have to define uid’s and libraries to be linked etc (as in mmp-files).

    PROJECT_NAME = myproject
    #valid target types are EXE, DLL and LIB(static lib)
    UID2 = 0
    EPOCHEAPSIZE = 5000000 64000000
    CAPABILITY = LocalServices+NetworkServices
    SYSINCLUDE = $(EPOCROOT2)/include $(EPOCROOT2)/include/platform $(EPOCROOT2)/include/libc
    USERINCLUDE = ../inc
    CXXSRCS = \
     myapp.cpp \
     myApplication.cpp \
     myAppView.cpp \
     myAppUi.cpp \
     myDocument.cpp \
    CSRCS = \
     main.c \
    ASRCS = \
     my_asm_optimized_source.S \
    SYSLIBRARY = euser.lib avkon.lib eikcore.lib eiksrv.lib apparc.lib estlib.lib efsrv.lib cone.lib
    STATICLIBRARY = mystaticlib.lib
    CERT = /c/cert/mypro.cert
    KEY = /c/cert/mypro.key
    PASS =

    note that the capabilities are added with a “+” sign in between capabilties. The cert, key and pass variables are for app signing.
    The QtCreator seems to be able to find the code without any help, so no special tricks required in here.

    1. There is no build for help files, and the svg conversion is a bit limited. However the shouldn’t be any major issues, since you can build these with standard abld symbian build chain.
    2. The WINSCW build is not support, nor it never will be. The tool is made primary for porting libraries from Linux to Symbian.

    Modifying the build environment is quite easy, if you have any previous experience of editing Makefiles. You should take a look at Symbian OS post-linker “elf2e32” documentation if you like to change any symbian OS specific values. For example EPOCALLOWDLL data will beΒ  “–dlldata” value to the post linker etc.
    The GCCE documentation can be found from the Codesourcery’s site. Here is link to the GCCE 4.x documentation


  1. ngoanrazor says:

    hi summeli!
    I know you are very busy but I need help from you. I tried build antsnes Qt several times but did
    not success. I hope you can capture video desktop at build. I am very grateful if you
    do it. Thank summeli! Please

  2. ngoanrazor says:

    hi summeli!
    I had build gpsp.LIB but when build gpspcute with Qt get some error, please help me fix problem πŸ™‚
    :-1: error: No rule to make target `\QtSDK\Symbian\SDKs\Symbian1Qt473\epoc32\release\armv5\LIB\scdv.dso’, needed by `\QtSDK\Symbian\SDKs\Symbian1Qt473\epoc32\release\gcce\urel\gpsp.exe’. Stop.

    • Summeli says:

      That looks really good! Looks like these instructions are working for you πŸ™‚
      Unfortunately Nokia has forgotten these files from the QtSDK, so you have to copy them from elsewhere. If you’re using the Symbian^1 SDK (as it seems) you’ll have to copy these scdv.* files from the original S60 5th edition SDK (you can get this from /epoc/release/armv5/lib. There are also some other files that are missing from QtSDK, but they all can be found from the original S60 5the edition SDK from

  3. ngoanrazor says:

    thank you, hope it work :). I like your emulators πŸ™‚

  4. ngoanrazor says:

    hi summeli
    I had tried and until get some error, i am hope you can help me πŸ™‚
    \QtSDK\Symbian\SDKs\Symbian1Qt473\epoc32\release\ARMV5\urel\qtmain.lib(qts60main_mcrt0.o):-1: In function `BuildAttributes$$ARM_ISAv5$M$VFPv2$PE$A:L22$X:L11$S22$IEEE1$IW$USESV6$~STKCKD$USESV7$~SHL$OSPACE$EBA8$UX$REQ8$PRES8$EABIv2′:
    (.ARM.extab+0xc):-1: error: undefined reference to `typeinfo for std::exception’

  5. ngoanrazor says:

    i had fixed this problem, it is bug of Qtsdk 1.1, and I had successfully built gpsp. Thank you about source code πŸ™‚

  6. FoufUns says:

    big fan of ur work and appreciate what u’ve done but can u add a bluetooth thingie in the gpsp new version?so we can play multiplayer and stuff wireless πŸ˜€

  7. FoufUns says:

    btw is it possible to get a nds emulator for a nokia symbian anna?if yes where?

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