nRF5 SDK for Mesh v3.2.0  08c60f6
Mesh configuration

Mesh configuration is a mesh submodule designed to abstract and simplify persistent key-value storage. It provides a high-level API with swappable storage backends that can be used to store mesh and application state.

Table of contents

  • Overview
    • State owners
    • Change listeners
    • Backends
  • Information flow
    • Loading from persistent storage
    • Setting a value
    • Getting a value
  • Usage in the mesh
  • Usage in the application
    • Storing state
    • Creating entries

Overview @anchor mesh_config_overview

The mesh configuration module organizes data in files, where each file has a set of records, or entries. A mesh configuration entry is uniquely identified by a file/record pair, and it can represent any immutable structure with a predefined size.

Mesh configuration module overview

State owners @anchor mesh_config_overview_state_owners

An entry is owned by a state owner submodule outside the mesh configuration module. The state owner holds the entry structure and is responsible for sanitizing and storing the actual representation of the value, or "live value". It provides access to the live value through a setter/getter/deleter interface.

There are several rules concerning this interface:

  • The live value must never be altered outside the state owner's setter callback.
  • The getter callback must always return the value set in the previous setter callback.
  • The state owner is notified of deleted entries through the deleter callback. It cannot interfere with the deletion, only observe it.

The state owner:

  • doesn't have to keep the live value in RAM, but must be able to atomically produce the live value on the request from the mesh configuration module.
  • can specify that the entry has a default value to use if the user hasn't explicitly set the entry. If the entry doesn't have a default value, attempts to read the value will result in an error until the value has been set or loaded from persistent storage.
  • can choose to reject values it considers invalid by returning an error code from its setter callback.

See the Information flow section below for overview of the setter and getter sequences.

Change listeners @anchor mesh_config_overview_change_listeners

In some cases, other modules need to passively listen to state changes to a specific entry. These modules are called "change listeners".

For example, the internal mesh Heartbeat module needs to know when the Proxy feature is enabled, as this triggers the Heartbeat module to publish a message.

This pattern is a common source of unwanted coupling between modules. To reduce this coupling, the mesh config module provides Mesh config listener interface for registering passive change listeners without involving the state owner. Any module can register a listener for any entry. It is then notified of any state changes after they are sanitized by the state owner.

To enable or disable any interrupts available for the application inside setter/getter/deleter or listener callbacks, use only SoftDevice NVIC APIs.

Backends @anchor mesh_config_overview_backends

The mesh configuration module is designed to work on top of any key-value storage backend. In this initial version of the module, the only supported backend is Flash Manager, with support for other backends planned for future releases.

The mesh config backend API is considered internal and should never be called directly.

Information flow @anchor mesh_config_information_flow

See the sequence charts in this section for an overview of the information flow of the configuration module.

Use the mesh_config API for all user interaction with the mesh configuration module. Manipulating the live values directly causes the module to fall out of sync.

Loading from persistent storage @anchor mesh_config_information_flow_loading

The following sequence chart illustrates the flow of loading values from persistent storage.


Setting a value @anchor mesh_config_information_flow_setting_value

The following sequence chart illustrates the flow of storing values.

The state owner's setter callback is called before the value is stored persistently. The entry should only be considered safely stored after the mesh config module emits an NRF_MESH_EVT_CONFIG_STABLE event. The user can also call mesh_config_is_busy to determine whether the live values are in sync with the persistent storage.


Getting a value @anchor mesh_config_information_flow_getting_value

The following sequence chart illustrates the flow of reading a value.


Usage in the mesh @anchor mesh_config_usage_mesh

The mesh configuration module is used internally in the mesh to store options (through the Mesh options API API) and the runtime state. The mesh reserves the following file IDs:

File ID Owner Purpose
0x0000 net_state Network runtime state, such as sequence number and IV index.
0x0001 dsm Device State manager state, such as keys and addresses.
0x0002 access Access state, such as model key bindings.
0x0003 mesh_opt Mesh runtime options.
0x0004- 0x000F - Reserved for future use.

Usage in the application @anchor mesh_config_usage_app

The application may use the mesh configuration module to store its own state and create entries.

Storing state @anchor mesh_config_usage_app_storing

To store the state, declare a mesh config file with a unique file ID using the MESH_CONFIG_FILE macro:

The file will be automatically registered in mesh configuration. The CONTINUOUS storage strategy ensures that the file's entries are stored in persistent memory as soon as they are set.

Creating entries @anchor mesh_config_usage_app_creating

To create entries, invoke the Mesh config entry macro with a setter and a getter function. This example creates an entry with record number 0x0001 in the m_app_file created above. The value is a uint32_t, configured to only accept values below 10000, with the default value 5000.

#define APP_ENTRY_ID MESH_CONFIG_ENTRY_ID(0x0010, 0x0001)
/* Live RAM representation of the value */
static uint32_t m_live_value = 5000;
static uint32_t app_entry_setter(mesh_config_entry_id_t id, const void * p_entry)
const uint32_t * p_value = (const uint32_t *) p_entry;
if (*p_value >= 10000)
/* Rejecting an invalid value. The value will not be stored to persistent storage. */
m_live_value = *p_value;
static void app_entry_getter(mesh_config_entry_id_t id, void * p_entry)
uint32_t * p_value = (uint32_t *) p_entry;
*p_value = m_live_value;
1, // The entry is singular
NULL, // No need for a delete callback
true); // There is a default value

The config entry is registered automatically, and the user can set and get the value with the following functions:

void user_function(void)
uint32_t set_value = 19;
mesh_config_entry_set(APP_ENTRY_ID, &set_value);
uint32_t get_value;
mesh_config_entry_get(APP_ENTRY_ID, &get_value);
// get_value == set_value
Stored as soon as possible after each change.
Definition: mesh_config_entry.h:186
Mesh config entry identifier.
Definition: mesh_config_entry.h:172
Define a config entry.
Definition: mesh_config_entry.h:102
Define a config file.
Definition: mesh_config_entry.h:79