I am having issues installing openOCD. I followed this tutorial and everything works perfectly until I try to make the file. I am getting these warnings and errors:

Makefile:4314: warning: overriding recipe for target 'check-recursive'
Makefile:3729: warning: ignoring old recipe for target 'check-recursive'
make  all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/pi/openocd'
Makefile:4314: warning: overriding recipe for target 'check-recursive'
Makefile:3729: warning: ignoring old recipe for target 'check-recursive'
Making all in jimtcl
make[2]: Entering directory '/home/pi/openocd/jimtcl'
make[2]: Nothing to be done for 'all'.
make[2]: Leaving directory '/home/pi/openocd/jimtcl'
Making all in src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink
make[2]: Entering directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink'
make  all-recursive
make[3]: Entering directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink'
Making all in libjaylink
make[4]: Entering directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink/libjaylink'
make[4]: Warning: File '/usr/include/stdc-predef.h' has modification time 2294104 s in the future
/bin/bash ../libtool  --tag=CC --silent  --mode=compile gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I..    -Wall -Wextra -Werror -fvisibility=hidden -I/usr/include/libusb-1.0  -g -O2 -MT libjaylink_la-buffer.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/libjaylink_la-buffer.Tpo -c -o libjaylink_la-buffer.lo `test -f 'buffer.c' || echo './'`buffer.c
rm: cannot remove '.libs/libjaylink_la-buffer.o': Permission denied
Assembler messages:
Fatal error: can't create .libs/libjaylink_la-buffer.o: Permission denied
Makefile:505: recipe for target 'libjaylink_la-buffer.lo' failed
make[4]: *** [libjaylink_la-buffer.lo] Error 1
make[4]: Leaving directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink/libjaylink'
Makefile:468: recipe for target 'all-recursive' failed
make[3]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink'
Makefile:374: recipe for target 'all' failed
make[2]: *** [all] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory '/home/pi/openocd/src/jtag/drivers/libjaylink'
Makefile:3729: recipe for target 'all-recursive' failed
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/pi/openocd'
Makefile:1599: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2

I have tried to Google these errors, but nothing worked. I also tried to make a clean install and reinstalling some packages. But I still get the same errors.

Could you help me correct these errors or guide me to the right path?

  • You may try to compile on only one CPU, as multi-core compiling isn't reliable. Use make instead of make -j4. I would also try to run sudo make, wich may be a bad practice, but can quicly solve the permission issues. Jun 2, 2017 at 18:25
  • Ignore that; this has nothing to do with -j4, which is totally fine and reliable. This is obviously about permissions issues. Using sudo will get around that, but it seems a little strange there's a need for that if you are running this as pi from /home/pi or a subdirectory .
    – goldilocks
    Jun 2, 2017 at 19:03
  • Multi-core compilation errors may occurs (race condition) but indeed, the problem seems to come from wrong permissions. Jun 2, 2017 at 20:12
  • @goldilocks thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, I have tried make, sudo make, and sudo make j4; but still get the same error. And yes, I am running this as pi. I also tried reflashing the OS and reinstalling openOCD, but it did not work. Any other ideas?
    – arturofa95
    Jun 6, 2017 at 7:21
  • What are the permissions for .libs
    – user67191
    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:24

1 Answer 1


I was able to resolve my problem following the installation steps mentioned in this tutorial.

From the tutorial, I did the following (after reflashing Raspian to my SD):

$ sudo apt-get build-dep openocd
$ sudo apt-get install git
$ git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/openocd/code openocd
$ cd openocd
$ ./bootstrap 
$ ./configure --enable-bcm2835gpio 
$ sudo make
$ sudo make install

I do not know how or why this worked for me, but it did. I now have openOCD working in my Pi.


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