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Nix package manager

Nix is a powerful Linux package manager. Kaa team uses it to improve development environment for Kaa C/C++ SDKs, and to manage all third-party dependencies including the ones required for Kaa documentation generator.

Set up Nix

To quickly set up Nix:

  1. Install Nix.

    curl | sh
    source $HOME/.nix-profile/etc/profile.d/
  2. Add source $HOME/.nix-profile/etc/profile.d/ to your .bashrc.

    echo 'source $HOME/.nix-profile/etc/profile.d/' >> ~/.bashrc

If you don’t trust piping shell scripts from the Internet (and you shouldn’t), feel free to examine the script or use some alternative setup.

Install dependencies, enter shell

The first time you enter the shell environment, Nix will install all the dependencies required for development.

Each time you enter shell you should execute the following command.


Since CC3200 SDK is not freely available, nix-shell will stop the first time you enter and ask you to download the SDK file manually and add it to nix-store. Follow the on-screen instructions, then run the above command again.

Use shell

After you installed the dependencies, you will be switched to the custom bash shell. You can enter it any time using nix-shell.

From there, you can use all your development tools, such as ./ and cmake. A custom top-level Makefile, provided by default, propagates your commands to all targets. It also configures all targets appropriately. To build the Kaa C SDK for any supported platform, run make.

If you want to run a single command within a shell, use the --run option.

nix-shell --run make

C SDK options

Option Default value Description
posixSupport true Host build with gcc. Goes to build-posix.
clangSupport true Host build with clang. Goes to build-clang.
cc3200Support true CC3200. Goes to build-cc3200.
esp8266Support true ESP8266. Goes to build-esp8266.
raspberrypiSupport true Raspberry Pi. Goes to build-rpi.
testSupport true Add all tools for build verification.
withTooling true Add tools for building docs.
withValgrind true Add Valgrind memory analyzer.
withWerror false Enable -Werror for all builds.

You can override any option with the following command.

nix-shell --arg optionName value

For example:

nix-shell --arg withWerror true

Further reading