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Re: Update to Footprint/Symbol paths


What about versioning these folders? Or is that handled by the packager on
a given platform with a build arg?

On Mon, 18 Oct 2021 at 01:32, Seth Hillbrand <seth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Folks-
> There's a small change brewing to where the default symbol/footprint
> libraries are installed.
> Previously, KiCad had default paths for schematic symbols in
> `/usr/share/kicad/library` and for footprints in
> `/usr/share/kicad/modules/` (Windows users found these at
> %{KICAD_PROGRAM}\share\kicad\library and
> %{KICAD_PROGRAM}\share\kicad\modules)
> Starting with tomorrow's nightly build, we will be installing these to
> `/usr/share/kicad/symbols` for schematic symbols and
> `/usr/share/kicad/footprints` for layout footprints.
> I know what you are thinking.  "Why would you guys decide to name the
> directories for what is actually in them?  Won't that make it easier for
> new users to find things?"  Well, maybe...  The original directory names
> have a lot of history and were descriptive for the original intent.  We've
> standardized our nomenclature throughout KiCad in advance of v6 and the
> directory structure was one of the last holdouts.
> Hopefully the transition will be smooth.  If you compile locally, you will
> need to update your locally installed libraries or set the PATHs variable
> to point to the libraries (footprints and symbols) you currently have
> installed.  Users who run from one of the packages should find their
> changes to be transparent.
> Seth
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