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Common Synthesis Errors and Synthesis FAQ


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1.  Can't find

  1. Your shell is probably not in bash (type bash (enter), then try again)
  2. You did not added the required lines to your .bashrc. See Getting started with Mentor page.

2.  sh: dc_shell-t : command not found

3.  Cannot execute dc_shell-t. Something is wrong. Did you perform all the environment setup steps?

  1. Probably an environment problem. Did you follow the environment setup instructions on the Synthesis page?
  2. Add the specified line to .bashrc, logout and log back in

4.  ERROR ./(filename).v is redefined

You probably added a file twice in your list. Delete one of them. Run with -check again. This error you MUST fix.

5.  Warning: Unable to resolve reference 'foo' in 'bar'

6.  Warning: Design 'xxx' has '4' unresolved references.

This warning you MUST fix. This means you forgot to add the file foo.v to your file list.

If you ignore this warning and continue with --cmd=synth, synthesis will *appear* to succeed. But if you look at the cell report you will see cell area zero against some cells. For example:

mux2_1                            0.000000       1      0.000000  b
mux2_1_16bit_0                    0.000000       1      0.000000  b, h
mux2_1_16bit_1                    0.000000       1      0.000000  b, h
mux2_1_16bit_2                    0.000000       1      0.000000  b, h
mux4_1_16bit                      0.000000       1      0.000000  b, h

This is incomplete synthesis.

7.  Error: Cannot find the specified driving cell in memory. (UID-993)

8.  Error: Could not read the following target libraries:

9.  Error: Cannot read file 'your_library.db'. (UID-58)

  1. You probably did not add the line "source /s/synopsys/@sys/" to .bashrc
  2. You probably did not copy the .synopsys_dc.setup file
  3. Notice the name has a dot as the first character.
  4. You probably did not logout and log back in after making these changes.

10.  Can't find my error here

Email the the Instructor and TA. Include the full text of the error and include your verilog file on which the warning or error was reported as an attachment in that email.

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