[Slackbuilds-users] KiCad not loading symbols

Tim Dickson dickson.tim at googlemail.com
Sun May 8 07:02:33 UTC 2022

Hi Dan, when you first run kicad you need to create a project (this is 
directory and main file). then you need to start with the schematic 
editor, and kicad will ask for the locations of the files, giving you 
the option to copy the default global symbol table, which you should do 
(because the slackware packages install global data files, and kicad 
expects each user to use their own copy)

Now you can place devices on the schematic, and power rails and 
connections between them. (that works fine on mine)
then you need to set the footprints for each device (the physical sizes 
of the devices). Finally, you can open the pcb editor, and load in your 
schematic. you can then place the devices, and sort out the routing etc.
If you did the kicad-packages-3D then you are also able to view a 
preview of your circuit board in 3d.

I didn't have to set any environment variables or do anything special. 
(at least to get as far as the schematic editor and adding parts from 
the library)

Regards, Tim

On 08/05/2022 04:25, Daniel Prosser wrote:
> Hello,
> Hopefully someone knows something about KiCad and can tell me what I'm 
> doing wrong. I am a complete novice trying to learn how to use it. I 
> installed it from SBo along with all dependencies as well as most of 
> the extra packages (kicad-symbols, kicad-templates, kicad-footprints, 
> skipped kicad-packages3D because it's so huge), but when I go to 
> insert a symbol in the schematic editor, there are none available. I 
> checked in the preferences and it does have the relevant environment 
> variable pointing to /usr/share/kicad/library, where kicad-symbols 
> installs the files, but it still doesn't "see" them there. Also, there 
> were no symbols installed by the base kicad package; I'm not sure if 
> that is expected or not.
> Am I missing some simple step to load the symbols library, or did 
> something go wrong with the build?
> Thanks,
> Dan
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