Xilinx Development Tool Menus in Ubuntu 12.xx

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Create Xilinx Design Tools menus in Ubuntu 12.xx


Executing this has only sense when Xilinx Development tools are installed on your Ubuntu 12.xx system (running under Unity).

The attached "Xilinx_Menus_for_Ubuntu_12xx_Unity_Nov12.tar.gz" contains the necessary files to create a Xilinx Development menu system for Ubuntu 12.xx.


Xilinx development tools running on Linux never had a menus system like they have in Microsoft Windows. Often seen as a stumble stone for starting people. This setup tries to solve this issue.

The who setup can be carried out without having to open a terminal window or typing Linux specific commands.


Lets start putting the Xilinx menus in place:

  • Download the "Xilinx_Menus_for_Ubuntu_12xx_Unity_Nov12.tar.gz" file and save it.
  • Extract the file into a local folder on your machine.
  • Two Directories will show up (with sub-Directories and files):


Directory 1

/.Local
   | <share>
       |<applications>
       |       |Contains: .desktop files
       |
       |<icons>
           |<Xilinx>
               |Contains: Xilinx icons represented as .svg files

Directory 2

/opt
  |<extras.ubuntu.com>
               |<drawers>
                     |...


  • Open the Home Folder.
  • Click second icon under the "Dash Home" button in the launcher bar.
  • In that Nautillus browser window click on the "File System" icon,view figure 1.

Home folder

  • Now Select "show hidden files", in the "view" menu, view figure 2.

Show hidden files

  • Browse down to:
/.Local/share/applications/
  • Copy here the contents, all .desktop file, from the "application" folder of the uncompressed "Xilinx_Menus_for_Ubuntu_12xx_Unity_Nov12.tar.gz" file.
  • Browse now to:
/.Local/share/icons
  • Copy here the Xilinx folder from the uncompressed "Xilinx_Menus_for_Ubuntu_12xx_Unity_Nov12.tar.gz" file, view Figure 3.


Folder dotLocal Share Apps.png

It's not done yet!

  • Paths in .desktop files must be absulte paths. Because I created this on my system, you will need to edit the files and change some path settings in the different .desktop files you just copied.
  • Browse back to:
/.Local/share/applications/


  • Open a text editor (gedit, vim, or so).
  • Load the first .desktop file.
  • In the text several lines refer to: "/home/<USER>/.local/s....." replace the <USER> by the name of your home directory, usually your username.
  • When the Xilinx tools are not installed in the default install directory, "/opt/Xilinx/1....." adapt this path to. (e.g. when the Xilinx tools are installed in /usr the path must look like: "/usr/Xilinx/1.....").
  • Do this for all just copied .desktop files.



Now the last step!

  • Install the small tool: Drawers.
  • Start a terminal window and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ian-berke/ppa-drawers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install drawers

Or

  • Start a terminal window
  • Copy or move, as sudo, the folder "drawers". from the extracted "Xilinx_Menus_for_Ubuntu_12xx_Unity_Nov12.tar.gz" file.
/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/

In the same folder of your system. Starting from the home foders this can be done as:

  • cd  ../../opt/extras.ubuntu.com
  • sudo mv sudo cp -R <Foder_were_extracted_files_reside>/* 



As last - Cherry on the cake:

  • drag the "ISE Design Tools.desktop" (Xilinx Design Tools) file to the launcher bar. An icon with a stylish X as in figure 2 is now shown.


To start the menus:

  • Just click the icon or right click the icon and select what's wanted.