User’s Guide – FileFixer for V8

Chapter 6 — The Change Settings Menu

Change Settings Menu

In most cases, you can successfully repair design files and cell libraries using FileFixer’s default settings. The “Change Settings...” menu gives you access to FileFixer’s special options for those cases that require a bit of extra tweaking.

Unless indicated otherwise, the settings illustrated in the following screen images reflect FileFixer’s factory default settings.


The “General ...” dialog box includes settings which aren’t specifically related to search or repair.

One of these settings is used to tell FileFixer to repair the original design file and backup the original file, or to leave the original design file untouched and to create a fixed design file.

For more information, see General Settings.


The “Search” setting categories allow you to fine-tune which types of errors FileFixer looks for in your files and how they are reported in your report files.

For detailed descriptions, see the section titled “Search Settings”.


The “Repair” setting categories allow you to fine-tune how FileFixer repairs your files.

As you look at the report file generated by FileFixer during “Automatic Design File Repair” mode, you will see that each error noted has an identifying error number. You can use those numbers to find out more information about errors in the “Error Messages” section of this guide, including advice about which “Repair” settings might help repair your files.

A later section of this guide describes the “Repair” dialog box and its settings in detail.

Report File...

By default, FileFixer creates a single report file with information about all files processed. This default is suitable most of the time.

Over the years our clients have requested a variety of report settings, all of which are available to you.

You may find it convenient to set up a specific directory for FileFixer reports.

You may want individual reports for each design file or cell library with a master index that links to these reports.

You may prefer a different extension or filename.

You may prefer to create a brief report with summary information only, or you may want to tailor report content in other ways.

The “Report File Settings” dialog box allows you to set up these scenarios, and you can preserve your preferences when you save FileFixer settings. A later section of this guide describes the “Report file” dialog box and its settings in detail.