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AR# 20639

7.1 EDK - ERROR:Portability:90 - Command line error: Argument[3] "5" needs to match one of these keywords: "std|med|high"


Keywords: PAR, EDK, ERROR, Portability:90, Portability, 7.1, 6.2, command, line, keywords, std, med, high

Urgency: Standard

General Description:
If I run a project in EDK 7.1 that worked in EDK 6.3, I receive the following error in PAR:

# Starting program par
# par -w -ol 5 system_map.ncd system.ncd system.pcf
Release 7.1i - par
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ERROR:Portability:90 - Command line error: Argument[3] "5" needs to match one of these keywords: "std|med|high".

Usage: par [-ol std|med|high] [-pl std|med|high] [-rl std|med|high]"

This will be most common for projects that originated before EDK 6.1 but might also occur in a few other rare cases. PAR effort levels changed in ISE 6.1i. PAR still accepted the previous levels up until 7.1. See (Xilinx Answer 17684) for more information.


The PAR options need to be changed to match the new format. To change the options, edit the "fast_runtime.opt" file. This is located in the "etc" directory in the project directory. It can also be opened from XPS under the System Tab under the Project Files branch.

There will be a section similar to the following:

# Options for Place and Route
# Type "par -h" for a detailed list of par command line options
Program par
-w; # Overwrite existing placed and routed ncd
-ol 2; # Overall effort level
<inputdir><design>_map.ncd; # Input mapped NCD file
<design>.ncd; # Output placed and routed NCD
<inputdir><design>.pcf; # Input physical constraints file
END Program par"

Change any effort levels from numbers to std, med, or high. (The possible effort level flags are -ol, -pl, and -rl). For example:

-ol std; # Overall effort level
AR# 20639
Date Created 01/18/2005
Last Updated 04/13/2007
Status Archive
Type General Article