How to put your application to be called from NuttX terminal

In my previous post I explained how to compile NuttX to Freedom board, then a guy asked me how to add his application on NuttX. This tutorial will explain step by step how to do it.

It will use the Freedom Board (FRDM-KL25Z) as reference, but it could be adapted to any other board.

First add support to BUILT-IN applications on configs/freedom-kl25z/nsh/defconfig :

CONFIG_BUILTIN=y
CONFIG_NSH_BUILTIN_APPS=y

Also make sure CONFIG_BINFMT_DISABLE is not defined or is defined as NOT :

CONFIG_BINFMT_DISABLE=n

To make our life easy just use original “hello” example as base:

$ cd ..
$ cp -a apps/examples/hello apps/examples/myapp
$ cd apps/examples/myapp
$ mv hello_main.c myapp.c

Edit Kconfig file changing it to reflect your application name:

config EXAMPLES_MYAPP
        bool "My First NuttX Application"
        default n
        ---help---
                Enable the \"MyAPP\" example

if EXAMPLES_MYAPP
endif

Edit Makefile replacing APPNAME and CSRCS to reflect our application name:

APPNAME         = myapp
CSRCS           = myapp.c

Also remember to edit your myapp.c replacing hello_main by myapp_main.

Edit apps/examples/Kconfig and add:

source "$APPSDIR/examples/myapp/Kconfig"

Edit apps/examples/Make.defs and add:

ifeq ($(CONFIG_EXAMPLES_MYAPP),y)
CONFIGURED_APPS += examples/myapp
endif

Now you should to compile the frontend to kconfig interface:

$ cd ../misc/tools/kconfig-frontends
$ ./configure --enable-mconf
$ make
$ sudo make install

Inside nuttx directory execute this command to clear apps directory:

$ cd ../../../nuttx
$ make apps_distclean

Now execute the menuconfig to select your application:

$ make menuconfig

Choose “myapp” following this path:

Application Configuration  --->
    Examples  --->
        [*] My First NuttX Application

Now just compile everything:

$ make

Copy the firmware to the board and open the serial console:

NuttShell (NSH)
nsh> 

nsh> help
help usage:  help [-v] []

  ?           exec        help        ls          mw          usleep      
  cat         exit        hexdump     mb          ps          xd          
  echo        free        kill        mh          sleep       

Builtin Apps:
  myapp

nsh> myapp
This is my first application!!

nsh>

Next time you execute “make distclean” the “myapp” will be remove from compilation.

If you want to keep it in the final Nuttx firmware you need to add into configs/freedom-kl25z/nsh/defconfig :

CONFIG_EXAMPLES_MYAPP=y

That is it!!! Now keep going and create your nice application to run on NuttX!

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6 thoughts on “How to put your application to be called from NuttX terminal

  1. hello
    i’v got this error message when i compile
    arm-nuttx-eabi-gcc: error trying to exec ‘cc1’: execvp: No such file or directory

    1. Hi mohammed,
      I don’t know about this problem. It is suppose to be something related to cygwin commands. I use Linux as developing machine.

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