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Failure to read old EAGLE files [message #169528] Tue, 21 February 2017 17:42 Go to next message
Andreas Weidner
Messages: 564
Registered: November 2008
Senior Member
EAGLE versions 6, 7 and 8 refuse to read some old files that version 5
can read without any problems. CadSoft at some time was so friendly as
to convert such files themselves (thanks again!), so that we could read
them with version 6, which is why I thought that version 7 and 8 would
be able to cope with that. Unfortunately, they cannot.

Some of our old files (which still pop up from time to time) produce one
of the following errors (I translate the messages, because we are using
the German version here):
1. 'Error while reading the intermediate XML file. The XML file was
saved as xxx.rpt.sch. Error: Line xxx, column xxx: Redefinition
of the name TYPE in the tag <attribute>'.
This prevents the schematics to be displayed on screen, because
NOTHING works anymore.
2. 'Board and schematic are not consistent'. The ERC then reveals:
'Component xxx has inconsistent packages in schematics and board
(DIP14_L@2 from DIGITAL.lbr / DIP14_L from IC.lbr)'.
This makes it at least possible to LOOK at the design on screen,
but, due to inactive F/B annotation, prevents changes.

Obviously, the best thing would be if a future EAGLE version were able
to open such designs directly. The second best solution would be a
separate smallish converter program, like 'update26.exe' for reading
VERY old files from version 2.x). The third best solution would be some
written documentation, which tells the users how to correct such
problems manually (probably even by hacking around in the XML file or so).

If anybody needs the offending files for debugging, I can send them, but
they are several hundred kilobytes, so I cannot use the newsgroup for
this...

With best regards,
Andreas Weidner
Re: Failure to read old EAGLE files [message #169541 is a reply to message #169528] Tue, 21 February 2017 21:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jorge Garcia
Messages: 1294
Registered: April 2010
Senior Member
Hi Andreas,

I hope you're doing well. Issues 1 and 2 have to do with imperfections
in the original file that create issues when the file is converted to
XML. Number 2 is especially annoying since a check to detect was
implemented in V6.5 so versions prior to it can not detect the problem.

Send me the offending files(I believe you have my e-mail) and I'll look
into it.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Best Regards,

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Re: Failure to read old EAGLE files [message #169557 is a reply to message #169528] Wed, 22 February 2017 08:53 Go to previous message
Joern Paschedag
Messages: 1450
Registered: August 2008
Senior Member
Am 21.02.2017 um 18:42 schrieb Andreas Weidner:
> EAGLE versions 6, 7 and 8 refuse to read some old files that version 5
> can read without any problems. CadSoft at some time was so friendly as
> to convert such files themselves (thanks again!), so that we could read
> them with version 6, which is why I thought that version 7 and 8 would
> be able to cope with that. Unfortunately, they cannot.
>
> Some of our old files (which still pop up from time to time) produce one
> of the following errors (I translate the messages, because we are using
> the German version here):
> 1. 'Error while reading the intermediate XML file. The XML file was
> saved as xxx.rpt.sch. Error: Line xxx, column xxx: Redefinition
> of the name TYPE in the tag <attribute>'.
> This prevents the schematics to be displayed on screen, because
> NOTHING works anymore.
> 2. 'Board and schematic are not consistent'. The ERC then reveals:
> 'Component xxx has inconsistent packages in schematics and board
> (DIP14_L@2 from DIGITAL.lbr / DIP14_L from IC.lbr)'.
> This makes it at least possible to LOOK at the design on screen,
> but, due to inactive F/B annotation, prevents changes.
>
> Obviously, the best thing would be if a future EAGLE version were able
> to open such designs directly. The second best solution would be a
> separate smallish converter program, like 'update26.exe' for reading
> VERY old files from version 2.x). The third best solution would be some
> written documentation, which tells the users how to correct such
> problems manually (probably even by hacking around in the XML file or so).
>
> If anybody needs the offending files for debugging, I can send them, but
> they are several hundred kilobytes, so I cannot use the newsgroup for
> this...
>
> With best regards,
> Andreas Weidner

Hi Andreas I wonder to hear that from you, an long time eagle specialist.
Anyway I'm working with eagle since V2.6...
So far I don't remember having had problems opening old files and
currently I'm still working with V. 4, 5 and 6.
I would be interested in trying to open these old files and if you want
to you can send them to me for testing.

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen / With best regards

Joern Paschedag
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