DVT VHDL IDE User Guide
Rev. 24.1.4, 28 February 2024
The predefined projects capability allows you to quickly access pre-configured project repositories. For example training labs or golden reference projects or projects that you commonly use.
DVT searches for predefined projects in the directory indicated by the $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS system variable. In order to support directories spread on the disk, DVT also scans all directories indicated by any other system variable whose name starts with $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS_EXT_.
For example, if you installed DVT from a distribution, by default $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS points to $DVT_HOME/predefined_projects. This is a project repository that you can use to explore the DVT features without the initial effort of configuring a project.
At any time, if you wish to change the default location, you just need to point $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS to another location. Or add another pre-configured projects repository by pointing $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS_EXT_MY_NEW_REPOSITORY to it.
For example if you installed DVT as a plug-in on top of an existing Eclipse installation, $DVT_PREDEFINED_PROJECTS is unset. But you can download the predefined projects separately, and point the system variable to the folder where you extracted the predefined projects.
Opening a Predefined Project
To open a predefined project use the Predefined Project Wizard by selecting File > New > Example... then DVT Examples > DVT Predefined Project.
You can also open the wizard from the DVT Project Wizard by clicking on the Predefined Projects link:
In the wizard's main window you can select the predefined project and the target directory. A copy of the selected project will be placed in the target directory. Keep in mind that:
If all the settings are correct, click Finish.