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Merge pull request #4283 from OlegHahm/gnrc_networking_minimum

gnrc: networking minimal
Oleg Hahm 7 years ago
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# name of your application
APPLICATION = gnrc_minimal
# If no BOARD is found in the environment, use this default:
BOARD ?= native
# This has to be the absolute path to the RIOT base directory:
BOARD_INSUFFICIENT_MEMORY := chronos msb-430 msb-430h
# Include packages that pull up and auto-init the link layer.
# NOTE: 6LoWPAN will be included if IEEE802.15.4 devices are present
USEMODULE += gnrc_netif_default
USEMODULE += auto_init_gnrc_netif
# Specify the minimum networking modules for IPv6
USEMODULE += gnrc_ipv6
USEMODULE += gnrc_ndp
# Additional networking modules that can be dropped if not needed
USEMODULE += gnrc_icmpv6_echo
# Use minimal standard PRNG
USEMODULE += prng_minstd
# Reduce sizes for GNRC's packet buffer and neighbor cache
# (for native we need a bigger buffer, because the tap driver temporarily
# allocates ~1500 bytes)
ifneq (,$(filter native,$(BOARD)))
# Change this to 0 show compiler invocation lines by default:
QUIET ?= 1
include $(RIOTBASE)/Makefile.include


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# gnrc_minimal example
This is a minimalistic example for RIOT's gnrc network stack.
The application will auto initialize the device's default network interface and
the IPv6 stack and print its link-local address.
You can ping the printed address from another device to check if the node is
alive. Please note that you may have to disable 6LoWPAN header compression
(IPHC), since this example does not include it. In the `gnrc_networking`
example or any other application with GNRC and a shell, you can do so by
calling `ifconfig <if_id> -iphc`).
The example demonstrates how one can reduce the memory footprint of a `gnrc`
application by enabling only the minimum subset of features and setting
configuration options to smaller values than the default. In particular, this
reduction of memory consumption in comparison to the `gnrc_networking` example
is achieved by:
* Using only the `gnrc_ipv6` and `gnrc_ndp` modules (instead of
`gnrc_ipv6_router_default`). This configures the node as a IPv6/6LoWPAN host
instead of a router and disable optional features such as 6LoWPAN IPHC or
* Not using `gnrc_rpl`.
* Disabling features meant for helping during development and debugging such
as the shell or setting the `DEVELHELP` flag.
* Using the minimal standard pseudo random number generator instead of the
Mersenne Twister.
* Reducing the number of configurable IPv6 addresses per interface to 4
(instead of 7 or 8).
* Reducing the packet buffer size from 6kB to 512 bytes.
* Reducing the maximum neighbor cache size from 8 to 1.
Please take a look at the Makefile to see how the configuration is done.


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* Copyright (C) 2015 Inria
* This file is subject to the terms and conditions of the GNU Lesser
* General Public License v2.1. See the file LICENSE in the top level
* directory for more details.
* @ingroup examples
* @{
* @file
* @brief Showing minimum memory footprint of gnrc network stack
* @author Oliver Hahm <>
* @}
#include <stdio.h>
#include "msg.h"
#include "net/ipv6/addr.h"
#include "net/gnrc/netif.h"
#include "net/gnrc/ipv6/netif.h"
int main(void)
kernel_pid_t ifs[GNRC_NETIF_NUMOF];
puts("RIOT network stack example application");
/* get the first IPv6 interface and prints its address */
size_t numof = gnrc_netif_get(ifs);
if (numof > 0) {
gnrc_ipv6_netif_t *entry = gnrc_ipv6_netif_get(ifs[0]);
for (int i = 0; i < GNRC_IPV6_NETIF_ADDR_NUMOF; i++) {
if ((ipv6_addr_is_link_local(&entry->addrs[i].addr)) && !(entry->addrs[i].flags & GNRC_IPV6_NETIF_ADDR_FLAGS_NON_UNICAST)) {
char ipv6_addr[IPV6_ADDR_MAX_STR_LEN];
ipv6_addr_to_str(ipv6_addr, &entry->addrs[i].addr, IPV6_ADDR_MAX_STR_LEN);
printf("My address is %s\n", ipv6_addr);
/* main thread exits */
return 0;