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    HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    UPDATE: Works with 10.04.

    I 've spend a really long time trying to install and use the Xilinx Webpack suite on various Linux distros. I have finaly made it and i wouldn't have without the serious efforts of a lot of people out there. So this is my contribution to the community. I hope it works for most of you as it did for me with various editions of the software in various machines with almost all the up-to-date Ubuntu distros (8.04 and beyond).

    I am currently using the Xilinx Webpack 11.1, updated on 9.04, 32-bit.

    1.DOWNLOAD
    To begin with, visit the xilinx site and download the Xilinx Webpack software. Do not try the webinstall as it has never worked for a lot of people, incuding me.

    2.INSTALL
    Make sure you have root privileges before you begin so you won't have any problems in touching system folders.
    Code:
    >sudo su
    (it will prompt you for your password)
    Install webpack ignoring any driver errors that will occur. You can do that by typing:
    Code:
    > cd /opt/Xilinx_11.1_WebPack_SFD/
    > ./xsetup
    It will take a long time and it will take a llot longer if you coose to update the software.
    You should have a Xilinx folder in your /opt folder now. JFYI if you ever feel that you don't need Xilinx anymore, you can just delete the folder and you are done.

    3.RUN
    Running Webpack components can be a real pain for linux newbies. It was for me, anyway.
    You can run any of the components by navigating to the folder where all the Xilinx commads lay.
    Code:
    >cd /opt/Xilinx/11.1/ISE/bin/lin
    Being there you just have to give the command you need.
    For example you can run ISE with
    Code:
    >ise
    or you can run IMPACT with
    Code:
    >impact
    What troubled me most was running Xilinx componets with 3rd party scripts, such as the scripts for Gaisler Aeroflex IPcores and Leon3.
    Adding the xilinx executable files to your path will do the job and since you want to use that again and again adding that path to your .bashrc file is the solution.

    Code:
    >gedit /home/username/.bashrc
    Navigate to the end of the file and add the line
    Code:
    export PATH=$PATH:/opt/Xilinx/11.1/ISE/bin/lin
    Save and exit gedit.
    Now you should be able to run Xilinx components from anywhere without having to navigate to the /opt/Xilinx/11.1/ISE/bin/lin folder

    4.JTAG
    Using the JTAG was the biggest trouble of all. After reading hundreds of posts around the web, following some dozens of HOWTOs and even managing to crush my whole system once i came across to THE post. The only one that was followed only from Thanking replies.
    Thanks to mr Michael Gernoth and his magnificent work my jtag works as a charm and my Spartan3E board is up and running my latest project.
    You can find all the info in
    http://groups.google.com/group/comp....49e5b6028e2c70
    but i prefer rewritting everything than making you jump from one link to another

    Dowload the library source from
    http://cvs.zerfleddert.de/cgi-bin/vi...ar.gz?view=tar
    untar it and place it in the desired folder. I choose to place it in the /opt folder.
    Code:
    > cp -r /path/to/dowloaded/usb-driver /opt
    Before building the library you need to be sure that you have the latest libusb-dev and libftdi-dev files.
    You can do that by typing
    Code:
    > apt-get install libusb-dev
    > apt-get install libftdi-dev
    Now you should be ready to build the library.
    Code:
    > cd /opt/usb-drivers
    > make
    The last step is common to the last step of installing Xilinx.
    Since the library needs to be preloaded before you start IMPACT and since you want that to be done for you everytime all you need is to add one more line to you .bashrc.
    Code:
    > gedit /home/username/.bashrc
    At the end of the file add the line
    Code:
    export LD_PRELOAD=/path/to/libusb-driver.so
    Save and exit gedit.

    There might be an issue in using the library as a plain user (not root).
    To solve that you can add your user to the lp group.
    do that by typing
    Code:
    > useradd -G lp username
    Some minor changes need to be done for 64bit versions of Ubuntu. All you need to know is in the README file located in the usb-driverfolder.

    Done!
    Community, have fun with your FPGA experiments!

    Best regards
    Dimitris
    Last edited by dimamali; June 6th, 2010 at 09:14 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    Hi,

    Do you know if in 10.04 we can just set the LD_PRELOAD to the libusb already in the system? (Found using "whereis libusb")
    aka: orbital fox
    website: www.orbitalfox.com

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    Hello,
    i'm afraid i don't know if you can do this. Why do you want to do this? I haven't tested it in 10.04 so if there is any kind of problem please let me know.


    Quote Originally Posted by crazy_fox View Post
    Hi,

    Do you know if in 10.04 we can just set the LD_PRELOAD to the libusb already in the system? (Found using "whereis libusb")

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    I wasnt sure if it was using libusb.

    It turns out it was, but the libusb is not recognising the Digilent JTAG-USB programmer :/

    Thats why it was switching to the other driver.
    aka: orbital fox
    website: www.orbitalfox.com

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    Hello crazy_fox.
    I'm pretty sure that just settin the LD_PRELOAD to the libusb has never worked for me.
    I just tried the whole process as described in the HOWTO, in a fresh 10.04 distro with Xilinx 11.1 and it seems to work perfect. I'm using a parallel-JTAG cable that comes with the PENDER gr-xc3s-1500 board.

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    Nevermind
    Last edited by sukigenseki; August 7th, 2010 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Not correct info

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    THANK YOU, to you and the supplier of the software (Micheal?) couple of notes, though.
    On the first try, I did not have success on 64 bit Mint (Ubuntu 12.04) with ISE 13.2

    running make will create the 64 bit library, and make lib32 creates the 32 bit version.

    I'm new to linux/ISE combination, and running >ise or >impact with your exports runs the 32 bit version of ISE/impact, I've finally discovered and the shared libraries will not work if simply running "make"

    The export directory for 64 bit versions (at least ISE 13.2) is /opt/Xilinx/13.2/ISE_DS/ISE/bin/lin64

    now >ise or >impact will run 64 bit version and link to the shared object. IT WORKS!! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

    Thanks again, and great tutorial, my notes are to help with 64/32 bit complications.

    >> for other newbies like me. Mint uses .profile instead of .bashrc. .profile will look for .bashrc, though, so creating the file will work fine.
    Last edited by johnnymopo; April 30th, 2013 at 12:32 AM. Reason: for other newbs

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    Re: HOWTO Xilinx and JTAG programming cable

    I am happy it is still useful. If anybody can try it in 13.04 please let us know if it is still working in latest distros. I also plan to move this to the Ubuntu Wiki.

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