April 11, 2016, 12:43am
This topic is somewhat similar to this:
Kicad libs missing [how to setup local symbol/footprint libs in Windows]
Difference is that the libraries loaded in my case, but, not all of them AFAIK.
For example, the library for FTDI is not loading. In C:\Program Files\KiCad\share\kicad\library, I can see both the .lib and .dcm files present, but no FTDI part can be found when running Eeschema or parts editor.
I am wondering if I am missing anything here.
I would greatly appreciate to hear your inputs to solve this issue.
Other details you may want to know:
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Intel i5, 6GB memory
April 11, 2016, 3:07am
That solved the problem. Thanks so much Andy_P!
I thought that KiCad will automatically include all libraries as long as the folder/directory that contains the libraries is included in the Current search path list… (???)
They are not automatically included as you might want to use a local library with the same part name, causing a clash
The memory use and performance of loading everything might well have been an issue when the KiCad project was young
@davidsrsb said, no… there are lists for both the symbol libs and the footprints that are being loaded… anything not on that list won’t be there.
Some more details here in case you need to set up those:
The setup/config for footprints/3d models differs from the part/symbol library setup, because the layout part of the program already underwent a change and the schematic part didn’t yet - but it’s coming.
To set up symbol/part libs globally (for all projects) is not really taken care of in the GUI afaik, you have to do it manually - the GUI only set’s up the porject. The footprint/3D model setup is global and will be for all projects.
Thus we have different ways for doing similar things for di…