Harness Connector Type Syntax Error

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Parent category: Violations Associated with Harnesses

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This violation occurs when either the Harness Type has invalid characters (such as [ ] { } . : ) or if the Harness Type is blank.

For more information on signal harnesses, see Working with Signal Harnesses.


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. Hovering over the object will display a pop-up hint that summarizes the violation. A notification is also displayed in the Messages panel.

If the Harness Type has invalid characters, this message is displayed in the following format:

Harness Connector Type <HarnessType> should not contain these characters [] {}. :


  • HarnessType is the current conflicting Harness Type.

If the Harness Type is blank, this message is displayed in the following format:

Harness Connector Type cannot be Blank

Recommendation for Resolution

Use the Details region of the Messages panel to quickly cross probe to the offending Harness Connector. With the connector selected, specify a valid Harness Type in the Properties section of the Properties panel. Ensure the entry does not contain invalid characters.


  • Object hints will only appear provided the Enable Connectivity Insight option is enabled on the System - Design Insight page of the Preferences dialog. Use the controls associated with the Object Hints entry in the Connectivity Insight Options region of the page to determine the launch style for such hints (Mouse Hover and/or Alt+Double Click). 

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