List of all tools:
NOTE: sample tool outputs were run from XACTstep running under WindowsXP Cygwin
The XACTstep Design Manager (XDM) IDE is the officially supported workflow. Launched by either using xdm (5.x) or dsgnmgr (6.x) depending on your version.
As tools don't report error codes to the OS the most reliable way to know if a tool ran is to see if the file actually got updated. The easiest way to do that is to clean them and check to see if they actually got created.
all: $(MAKE) clean $(MAKE) SBAPR.BIT SB.MAP: xnfmap sb.xnf SB.MAP test -f SB.MAP SB.LCA: SB.MAP map2lca SB.MAP SB.LCA test -f SB.LCA SBAPR.LCA: SB.LCA apr SB.LCA SBAPR.LCA test -f SBAPR.LCA SBAPR.BIT: SBAPR.LCA makebits -v SBAPR.LCA test -f SBAPR.BIT .PHONY: clean clean: rm -f *.CRF *.LCA *.MAP *.PBK *.PGF *.SCP *.BIT *.MBO *.RPT *.RBT *.MSK *.log
Workflow is managed by XDE (Xilinx Design Environment?). I have version 6.0.1 which also seems to include some of the 5.2.1 tools. In fact, it looks like its mostly a better GUI over the 5.X tools with their versions still 5.x as seen in the above GUI shot. I haven't seen EditLCA which was presumably in the original 5.x tools. The Viewlogic Workview Office toolbar is visible in the upper right hand corner.
I found that GUI and command line tools ran on Win98SE with no problems. Only command line / DOS tools (including DOS based GUIs) ran on WinXP Pro SP2. This is more or less confirmed by Xilinx's FAQ below. As I didn't really care about the GUI tools anyway it didn't bother me.
Although not supported, XACT Step 6.0.1/5.2.1 has been found to work on the both Windows 95 and Windows 98 with the following known issues.
1) A pair of message boxes that appear when the Design Manager is opened. The first box titled “Unknown File System Found” explains how the Design Manager does not recognize the FAT32. This box can be closed. A second message box with the same title also appears, but cannot be closed. Minimize this box and use the Design Manager as usual. The message box will close when the Design Manager is closed. These messages are harmless.
2) On some Win95B / Win98 systems, users have been unable to change families during the Translate phase or use the pulldown menus in the Design Manager. There is no known workaround for these problems, short of reinstalling with the older version of Windows 95.
3) When closing Design Manager, there is always an OLE error that comes up - This can be ignored (click OK)
4) On some Win98 machines, XACT hangs during the translate stage. The hang will persist until any application (e.g. open reports, realplay, wordpad doc, notepad doc, etc…) is closed.
On Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP the XACT executables run from command line but the GUIs do not work.