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Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:30:08 +0000
From: Chris Smith <cjs94 AT zepler DOT net>
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Subject: Re: [geda-user] Find rat lines
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On 14/12/2012 01:22, DJ Delorie wrote:
>> To expand on my confusion, I cannot understand how this could be
>> difficult
> 
> An example of the difficulty: the user selects a region of items on
> the pcb and moves them to the other side, or even just moves them
> elsewhere.  The simplistic "first touch" netlist ownership method
> fails miserably with those simple commands, because a huge number of
> connections change simultaneously.
> 
> Even something as simple as adding a single trace could "short"
> multiple existing subnets, and if some of those subnets have been
> assigned to nets but some subnets are as yet unassigned (because they
> have yet to connect to something known to be in the netlist), you get
> lots of arbitrary choices to be made about how everything needs to be
> resolved.

I think much of the difficulty should disappear if the system obeys a
few simple rules: a track with a net association is never automatically
disassociated; and a track will never automatically switch association
with one net to another.  If those are followed I think even copy-paste
would not present much difficulty.

Chris
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Chris Smith <cjs94 AT zepler DOT net>

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