xsch(1) graphical schematic viewer


xsch [-l file_name] [-xor] [-install] [-force] [-I input_format] [-slide file_name ...]
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Xsch is a graphical schematic viewer. All functionnalities can be accessed through different menus. Xsch works under Motif and X11r6. When entering Xsch, the main window appears and shows 5 different menus on the top bar. These menus can be entered by simply clicking on the mouse left button. Here is the description of these menus.

Open : load an existing file. Note that a file with the same name and the extention .xsc can be used to attach special colors and comments to all displayed objects (see below for details).
Quit : quit xsch.

Identify : identify a selected object.
Connected : highlight a selected object.
Search : search an object by its name.

Zoom : perform zoom in, zoom out, center, fit, refresh on figure.
Layer : select types of layers displayed.
Map : show cursor position in the entire figure.
Arrows : show arrows for moving at the grid step.
Grid : Set the X,Y step of the grid if displayed.

Hierarchy : enable user to browse into the design hierarchy.
Message : display the last error messages

Save or load a user defined configuration of default displayed menus.


Next or previous file in slide mode.


-l file_name
Load the file file_name (with or without extention)
Two graphic cursor methods can be used, invert or xor.
this option force all graphical objects to be displayed.
Switch to a private color map.
-I input_format
Specifies the input format (vst(5), al(5), vbe(5))
-slide file_name ...
Enables slide mode, all specifies files will be displayed one by one using keys +/- in the graphic window.


# Example of .xsc file
# To attach a particular color and comment to a box :
# B:box_name:color:comment
# color is an integer from 0 to 32, or -1 for no_color
# comment is a string
B:my_box:0:this box should be blue
B:another_box:-1:this won't change the box color
# To attach a particular color and comment to a net :
# N:net_name:color:comment
N:my_net:15:this net should be green
# To attach a particular color and comment to a connector :
# C:connector_name:color:comment
C:my_con:32:this connector should be red
# To attach a particular color and comment to a path :
# P:from_name:net_name:to_name:color:comment
P:my_con:my_net:my_box:15:this path should be green


indicates the path to the read only libraries to be used.
indicates the path to the read directory for the session.
indicates the file format to be used.
XSCH_PARAM_NAME (optionnal)
indicates the path to the parameter file used by Xsch.