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Snippets Design

This page documents design goals for the snippets feature. Further information can be found in Issue #51834.

  • extensible: for example, it is possible to add board support for an existing built-in snippet without modifying the zephyr repository

  • composable: it is possible to use multiple snippets at once, for example using:

    west build -S <snippet1> -S <snippet2> ...
  • able to combine multiple types of configuration: snippets make it possible to store multiple different types of build system settings in one place, and apply them all together

  • specializable: for example, it is possible to customize a snippet’s behavior for a particular board, or board revision

  • future-proof and backwards-compatible: arbitrary future changes to the snippets feature will be possible without breaking backwards compatibility for older snippets

  • applicable to purely “software” changes: unlike the shields feature, snippets do not assume the presence of a “daughterboard”, “shield”, “hat”, or any other type of external assembly which is connected to the main board

  • DRY (don’t repeat yourself): snippets allow you to skip unnecessary repetition; for example, you can apply the same board-specific configuration to boards foo and bar by specifying /(foo|bar)/ as a regular expression for the settings, which will then apply to both boards