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Re: Symbol library table remapping branch.


Hi Wayne,

Awesome news.  I know there are some changes the MacOS team wants to make
before stable-5 gets too solid, but I think most of those are packaging
related, except for some Python ones necessary to fix some gross bugs and
enable binary signing.

Adam Wolf

On Sep 1, 2017 4:10 PM, "Wayne Stambaugh" <stambaughw@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 9/1/2017 5:09 PM, Wayne Stambaugh wrote:
> > I finally found the time to finish the symbol library table remapping
> > implementation and I would like some help with testing before I merge
> > this into the master branch.  I would like to get as much testing as
> > possible.  I remember the issues when we switched from the same library
> > lookup format in Pcbnew so I would like to try to get as many of the
> > issues resolved before I merge the changes into the master branch.
> > Please back up your schematic files before you load them.  Otherwise you
> > will have a bunch of broken symbol library links in schematic since all
> > of the symbols names will now be in the new format
> > (LIB_NICKNAME:SYMBOL_NAME).  Also, please don't generate any external
> > files such as netlists with the remapped symbol names.  I haven't tested
> > any of that yet.  I am just trying to get the remapping as accurate as
> > possible.  The branch can be found in my dev repo at:
> git clone -b remap-symbols-to-sym-lib-table
> https://git.launchpad.net/~stambaughw/kicad/+git/kicad-dev
> >
> >
> > Before you test this, please perform the following tasks:
> >
> > 1. Delete the sym-lib-table file in your user configuration .kicad
> >    folder if the table is empty.
> > 2. If you do not have a relatively recent install of the kicad-library
> >    repo, install the latest libraries so you have the latest fully
> >    populated symbol library table template file.
> > 3. Start Eeschema and allow the symbol library table config dialog copy
> >    the default sym-lib-table file to your user config .kicad folder.  If
> >    the default sym-lib-table file cannot be found, please point the
> >    config dialog to the correct location.  Using the latest
> >    sym-lib-table template file will give you the best remapping results.
> >
> > The first time you attempt to load a schematic that hasn't been
> > remapped, Eeschema will prompt you remap the symbol library links.  If
> > you choose not to remap, your schematic will most likely appear fine but
> > this is because all of the symbols will be linked to the cache library.
> > Here is what is happening during the remap process:
> >
> > 1. Backups of all of the schematic files are made.
> >
> > 2. The full library file name and path for each symbol is be compared to
> >    the full library file name and path of every entry in the library
> >    table.  If an exact match is found, the library nickname is added to
> >    the LIB_ID object to create the fully qualified ID.
> >
> > 3. If the symbol library is not found in the global symbol library table
> >    and the library file is valid and on your system, a project symbol
> >    library is created with the symbol library added to it.  I could have
> >    added an option to add these libraries to the global symbol library
> >    table but I left that as an exercise for the user.
> >
> > 4. The symbol library table links in the schematic symbols are
> >    refreshed.
> >
> > Obviously, the remapping depends on the availability of the symbol
> > libraries used in your project.  If you've inadvertently deleted a
> > symbol library and the cache library is being used then you are skating
> > on thin ice.  I don't see that as an issue since you were skating on
> > thin ice already.  I did change the message panel message when you click
> > on symbols in the schematic that are linked to the cache to display the
> > library information in red to warn the user that the cache library is
> > being used as the symbol link.  I am thinking it might be a better idea
> > to draw symbols that are linked to the cache library with a different
> > color to make it obvious to the user that they should fix their broken
> > links.
> >
> > I still have to convert the symbol chooser, the symbol library viewer,
> > the symbol library editor, some other minor bits and peices  over to
> > use the new symbol library table.  Once that is completed, I will make
> > a last call before I create the stable 5 branch so if you have anything
> > you want to see make it into the stable 5 release, now would be a good
> > time to get that ready to go.
> >
> > If you find any issues please let me know.  If possible, the schematic,
> > project, and symbol library files that caused the issue would make
> > debugging easier.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Wayne
> >
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