Compilation Options

Compilation options allow customization of compilation behavior. Since simulators have differing options available, generic options may be specified through this interface. The following compilation options are known.

ghdl.a_flags

Extra arguments passed to ghdl -a command during compilation. Must be a list of strings.

ghdl.flags

Deprecated alias of ghdl.a_flags. It will be removed in future releases.

incisive.irun_vhdl_flags

Extra arguments passed to the Incisive irun command when compiling VHDL files. Must be a list of strings.

incisive.irun_verilog_flags

Extra arguments passed to the Incisive irun command when compiling Verilog files. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.vcom_flags

Extra arguments passed to ModelSim vcom command. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.vlog_flags

Extra arguments passed to ModelSim vlog command. Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.vcom_flags

Extra arguments passed to Riviera PRO vcom command. Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.vlog_flags

Extra arguments passed to Riviera PRO vlog command. Must be a list of strings.

activehdl.vcom_flags

Extra arguments passed to Active HDL vcom command. Must be a list of strings.

activehdl.vlog_flags

Extra arguments passed to Active HDL vcom command. Must be a list of strings.

enable_coverage

Enables compilation flags needed for code coverage and tells VUnit to handle the coverage files created at compilation. Only used for coverage with GHDL. Must be a boolean value. Default is False.

Note

Only affects source files added before the option is set.

Simulation Options

Simulation options allow customization of simulation behavior. Since simulators have differing options available, generic options may be specified through this interface. The following simulation options are known.

vhdl_assert_stop_level

Will stop a VHDL simulation for asserts on the provided severity level or higher. Valid values are "warning", "error", and "failure". This option takes precedence over the fail_on_warning attribute.

disable_ieee_warnings

Disable ieee warnings. Must be a boolean value. Default is False.

enable_coverage

Enables code coverage collection during simulator for the run affected by the sim_option. Must be a boolean value. Default is False.

When coverage is enabled VUnit only takes the minimal steps required to make the simulator create a unique coverage file for the simulation run.

For RiverieraPRO and Modelsim/Questa, the VUnit users must still set sim and compile options to configure the simulator specific coverage options they want. The reason for this to allow the VUnit users maximum control of their coverage settings.

For GHDL with GCC backend there is less configurability for coverage, and all necessary flags are set by the the enable_coverage sim and compile options.

An example of a run.py file using coverage can be found here.

pli

A list of PLI file names.

incisive.irun_sim_flags

Extra arguments passed to the Incisive irun command when loading the design. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.vsim_flags

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.vsim_flags.gui

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design in GUI mode where it takes precedence over modelsim.vsim_flags. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.init_files.after_load

A list of user defined DO/TCL-files that is sourced after the design has been loaded. They will be executed during vunit_load, after the top level has been loaded using the vsim command. During script evaluation the vunit_tb_path variable is defined as the path of the folder containing the test bench. Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.init_files.before_run

A list of user defined DO/TCL-files that is sourced before the simulation is run. They will be executed at the start of vunit_run (and therefore also re-executed by vunit_restart). Must be a list of strings.

modelsim.init_file.gui

A user defined TCL-file that is sourced after the design has been loaded in the GUI. For example this can be used to configure the waveform viewer. During script evaluation the vunit_tb_path variable is defined as the path of the folder containing the test bench. Must be a string.

rivierapro.vsim_flags

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design. Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.vsim_flags.gui

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design in GUI mode where it takes precedence over rivierapro.vsim_flags. Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.init_files.after_load

A list of user defined DO/TCL-files that is sourced after the design has been loaded. They will be executed during vunit_load, after the top level has been loaded using the vsim command. During script evaluation the vunit_tb_path variable is defined as the path of the folder containing the test bench. Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.init_files.before_run

A list of user defined DO/TCL-files that is sourced before the simulation is run. They will be executed at the start of vunit_run (and therefore also re-executed by vunit_restart). Must be a list of strings.

rivierapro.init_file.gui

A user defined TCL-file that is sourced after the design has been loaded in the GUI. For example this can be used to configure the waveform viewer. During script evaluation the vunit_tb_path variable is defined as the path of the folder containing the test bench. Must be a string.

activehdl.vsim_flags

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design. Must be a list of strings.

activehdl.vsim_flags.gui

Extra arguments passed to vsim when loading the design in GUI mode where it takes precedence over activehdl.vsim_flags. Must be a list of strings.

activehdl.init_file.gui

A user defined TCL-file that is sourced after the design has been loaded in the GUI. For example this can be used to configure the waveform viewer. Must be a string.

ghdl.elab_flags

Extra elaboration flags passed to ghdl --elab-run. Must be a list of strings.

ghdl.sim_flags

Extra simulation flags passed to ghdl --elab-run. Must be a list of strings.

ghdl.elab_e

With --elaborate, execute ghdl -e instead of ghdl --elab-run --no-run. Must be a boolean.

ghdl.gtkwave_script.gui

A user defined TCL-file that is sourced after the design has been loaded in the GUI. For example this can be used to configure the waveform viewer. Must be a string. There are currently limitations in the HEAD revision of GTKWave that prevent the user from sourcing a list of scripts directly. The following is the current work around to sourcing multiple user TCL-files: source <path/to/script.tcl>