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Re: Should gerber files in protel format use same name? (PATCH?)


A related issue was brought up on

I think the manufacturer should only make it a warning not an error. I
assume their reasoning is that they want to make sure only one project
is embedded in the gerber package they have, but I don't think that is
a fair way to determine if it is the same project.

I think having the layer names in the file name helps to verify that
the layer is correct when viewed in a gerber viewer.

I don't think the patch is good as is, as it changes the behaviour of
the protel file name extensions unconditionally. I think it should be
added as a option, but we already do have a lot of options. I think
you are better of using a python script for plotting and packing it up
as you like it. See for example

Don't your fab support X2 and gerber job files?

On Wed, 16 Oct 2019 at 09:16, Alexander Shuklin <jasuramme@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> sorry, I'm not quite sure with that topic, as I never worked with
> protel gerber format before. My PCB manufacturer started to use some
> online tool to check gerbers
> (https://www.frontline-pcb.com/products/sales/insight-pcb-overview.html)
> and now they demand to send them files with protel extensions. But
> that tool expect all files with same name. But now if you switch "use
> protel extensions" in KiCad, it generate something like :
> project_name-F_Cu.gtl
> project_name-B_Cu.gbl
> If "project_name.gtl" is the proper way, can you please apply my patch?
> btw, Altium creates similar to "project_name.gtl"
> And another question:
> For some reason they demand drill files to be same precision as
> gerbers (for example 4:5). Can you confirm that proper Excellon format
> should be 3:3 precision? In that case, I would send bug report to
> them.
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