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At 10:55 AM 10/5/01 -0700, Ron Tupa wrote:
>We have a connector pattern with two pads per pin. one for through hole
>and one for surface mount which we created with a pad 1 for through hole
>and pad 1 for surface mount repeating the pattern for 50 pins and
>connecting the pad together with a line. DRC is very unhappy with this
>approach.

Non-pad primitives in footprints are not automatically assigned nets. 
Running Netlist_Manager/Menu/UpdateFreePrimitivesFromComponentPads should 
update them in spite of the "Free" in the name of the command. 
(Technically, that is a bug, but, so far, I can't think of a situation in 
which I would *not* want to update Footprint Primitives.) I don't know if 
checking the equivalent checkbox in the Update PCB box will do the same thing.

The other problem with this can occur with using Netlist Load instead of 
the synchronizer (Update PCB from Schematic). The first load will properly 
assign duplicated pads (footprint pads with the same name) the net, but the 
next load will *unassign* them.

(This is a well-known bug; Protel only recently gave us 
multiple-pin-same-name loading and they did not *quite* get it right. But 
the Synchronizer does not have this problem.)

We would want unnamed primitives connected within a footprint to be 
automatically assigned the contacted net unless there is a conflict. Again, 
I cannot think of a reason not to do this.

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Easthampton, Massachusetts USA

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