I've seen this type of error before when the track had no net associated with
it. It would be given some generic name (like net3 or something). This name
would most definitely not match the net name of the pad you are trying to
connect it to, since it too, without a schematic, would be given another
generated net name. The DRC would be warning that you have a track from one
too close to the pad of another net. It will never let you connect them. You
would have to start from the pad first and probably rename the net for the
destination pad to match the first pad.
As said before, just use a schematic and be done it it. You can either beat
your head against the tool or you can go with its flow and be done already.
From: "ma...@ymail.com" <mad...@free.fr>
Sent: Fri, August 20, 2010 5:34:07 PM
Subject: [kicad-users] Re: Type Err(4) trace near pad issue in Kicad
Thank you for your answer. Maybe I'm thinking too simple, or Old school... Last
time I successfully used a CAD was 15 years ago. Back then I could certainly
make a PCB with Proteus lite without using ISIS (the schematic editor) nor
making a netlist... According to the Kicad FAQ, I should be able to work this
"5.1 How do I manually route a PCB?
Manual routing is quite straight forward. You don't even need to have a
I tried the thinnest trace possible, and even straight (with no angle at all)
the error occurs!
--- In email@example.com, Andy Eskelson <andyya...@...> wrote:
> The problem is that you are thinking too simple...
> KIcad like most design software is designed to work via netlists and so
> As has been suggested you could simply turn off the design rules checking
> that will prevent errors and so on.
> By far the best method is to create a simple sch. in eeschema and then
> use that to generate the required netlist.
> It's well worth getting used to creating the circuit then the PCB and so
> The error is just giving you a warning that a track is too close to a pad.
> Tracks and pads have a clearance setting. The normal problkem is that you
> cut across the pad at an angle with a track, and you just clip the edge
> of the clearance limit. Centre on where the error is and zoom right in,
> and you will prob see the problem.
> Use a slightly thinner track, or re-route it to miss the clearance area.
> Like most packages Kicad takes a bit of getting used to, I used a lot
> worse! (and not just PCB packages)
> On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:39:38 -0000
> "ma...@..." <mad...@...> wrote:
> > Hello group!
> > This is my first post, so I apologize but I'm afraid I need some help!
> > I installed Kicad (2010-05-05 BZR 2356) on Ubuntu Lucid64. Fine. As far as
>drawing schematics, everything is ok. Now if I try to draw a PCB without
>schematic, without netlist, without autorouter... Just a simple one sided
>circuit board. I create a new project, open PCB new, place say a DIP-8_300
>component, click on 'add traces and vias', start tracing... and get:
> > Type Err(4) trace near pad
> > What the hell am I doing wrong?
> > I can draw a trace without problem as long as I don't get near to the
>component (which is not very useful!). It's not component related (same
>with resistances, caps, and so on)
> > Component and traces are both on the 'under' side. I tried different traces
>sizes, I searched in the manual, in the different tutos, in the web... Nada! I
>searched here but the search server is 'busy' please try again later! Plus I
>don't know what to enter in the search engine, 'manual routing' return results
>such as auto-routing in the kicad manual, and the likes!
> > I'm quite convinced that this must be something really simple, but I can't
> > Thanks for your help
> > Axel
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