I had to do quite some hocuspokus , to be able to use modelsim.
When i started modelsim i got this error in a "window":
Error: Error: Can't launch ModelSim-Altera Simulation software -- make sure the software is properly installed and the environment variable LM_LICENSE_FILE or MGLS_LICENSE_FILE points to the correct license file.
The first thing was to start it from a commandline to be able to see the erors hidden by the GUI.
Check by running :
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~/x-altera/13.1/modelsim_ase/linuxaloem $ ./vsimk
That gave this error on the console:
~/x-altera/13.1/modelsim_ase/linuxaloem/vish: error while loading shared libraries: libXft.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
** Fatal: Trouble with User Interface. U/I exited with code 127.
** Fatal: vsimk is exiting with code 127.
(Exit codes are defined in the ModelSim messages appendix
of the ModelSim User's Manual.)
This error can be fixed by fetching this 32-bit library :
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sudo apt-get install libxft2:i386
But i still kept getting:
** Fatal: Read failure in vlm process (0,0)
Apparently modelsim uses some old libfreetype libs and fonts , and will crash if newer ones are used.
I found a guide here , howto build and use the older libfreetype
http://mattaw.blogspot.dk/2014/05/makin ... ition.html
Now i can use modelsim , allthough the interface seems "odd"... Like old Motif.
Main window i end up in when launching from quartus.
Window if i click on the modelsim files that are named like my project
Until i started trying modelsim , QUARTUS was much easier to get running on linux , than ISE.
But now i'll say they're even.
Now i have to learn to use modelsim , and write a testbench
Chris is that the expected "lookout" of Altera Starter Modelsim ?
I have never used it , and it looks a bit "raw" for a beginner