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How to install and run Vivado 2014.x

Now I am going to share some experience in the FPGA area. It appears, the now-supported tool by Xilinx, Vivado, may be ridiculously tricky to install on Ubuntu.

The main gotcha is actually to run the installer. So if you use the web-installer (approx 73MB), you may run into a "no file found" problem while installer self extracting. Looking around the official Xilinx support site, you will find a "fix". For the sake of installation, you need to temporarily replace /bin/sh -> /bin/dash with /bin/bash.

$ sudo rm /bin/sh
$ sudo ln -s /bin/bash /bin/sh

Then you may wonder how to run the Vivado machinery. To simplify things, I have created a simple shell script vivado.sh in my home:

source /[installation path]/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.[x]/settings64.sh
/[installation path]/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.[x]/bin/vivado

Do not forget to

$ chmod +x vivado.sh
.
And voila

./vivado.sh

****** Vivado v2014.2 (64-bit)
  **** SW Build 932637 on Wed Jun 11 13:08:52 MDT 2014
  **** IP Build 924643 on Fri May 30 09:20:16 MDT 2014
    ** Copyright 1986-2014 Xilinx, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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