Created: September 16, 2021 | Updated: September 16, 2021
The Error Reporting tab of the Project Options dialog for Multi-board project (back image) and a PCB project (front image).
This tab of the Project Optionsdialog enables you to define the reporting levels for each of the possible electrical and drafting violations that can exist on source schematic documents when validating the project. When the project is validated, these violation settings will be used in conjunction with the settings on the Connection Matrix tab to test the source documents for violations.
Validation of a project is performed using the Validate Project command - available for the active project from the main Project menu, or from the right-click context menu for a project from the Projects panel.
Any violations that are found that have a report level of Warning, Error, or Fatal Error will be displayed as violation messages in the Messages panel. In addition, if compiler errors and warnings are enabled for display on the schematic (enabled on the Schematic - Compiler page of the Preferences dialog), an offending object will display a colored squiggle beneath it.
While reported violations in the Messages panel indicate the source as being Altium Designer's Compiler, compilation itself is not being performed - only validation. The design connectivity model is incrementally updated automatically after each user operation through dynamic compilation. When running the Validate Project command, the Compiler is purely performing validation of the Dynamic Data Model (DDM) against the settings defined for error reporting in this tab of the Project Options dialog.
When working with an Integrated Library project (*.LibPkg), the Error Reporting tab is part of the Options for Integrated Library dialog - a variation of the dialog described here. Only those violation types pertinent to validation of this project type will be listed.
For a comprehensive reference describing each of the possible electrical and drafting violations that can exist on source documents when validating a project, refer to Verifying Your Design Project.
This is one of multiple tabs available when configuring the options for a project accessed from within the Project Options dialog. To access this dialog:
Click Project» Project Options in the Schematic or PCB Editor.
Right-click on the Project entry in the Projects panel, then click Project Options from the context menu.
Only the second method of access can be used for an Integrated Library project.
This list presents all possible electrical and drafting violations that can exist on the source documents of the project. Violations themselves are gathered into the following categories:
There may be points in the design that you know will be flagged as electrical violations that you do not want to be flagged. To suppress these, place a No ERC schematic design directive object at each point.
One option of interest is Nets with only one pin. This can be used to detect single node nets where a pin has been connected to a Port, for example, but does not connect to another pin. This is set to Error by default and can be changed to No Report if the single node net is intentional.