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I have been trying to edit library cells on a separate .gds file (not on the actual .gds file of the library cell) and it seems like Klayout does not allow me to do so unless I convert that specific library cell into a static cell. However, that would change the cell instance name of my library cell and it would also not update my library cell in its own .gds file if I make any changes in that new static cell. This might have been asked already, but is there a way that I can edit my library cells at different files without converting my library cells into static cells?
The reason I want to do that is because it would be really helpful and less difficult to edit library cells in a separate file that uses these library cells. That way, I can see how my library cells are used and fitted into my design and I can adjust the dimensions and other properties of my library cells accordingly.
Here’s an example to illustrate my problem:
Suppose I am editing this test.GDS file and I inserted the cell “M1G1” from file M1G1.gds, which is not created inside test.GDS.
I have also included the M1G1.gds file in the ruby script:
The problem is when I descend (or “Show As New Top”) into my “M1G1” cell from M1G1.gds, I am not allowed to edit that cell:
The only possible ways are to edit “M1G1” inside the file M1G1.gds or convert my “M1G1” cell as a static cell inside test.gds:
If I convert my “M1G1” cell into a static cell, the cell instance name will change,
and any change I made inside my new “M1G1$2” static cell will not get updated to M1G1.gds.
Lastly, if I overwrite my new “M1G1$2” static cell into the M1G1.gds file, I would get something like this if I open M1G1.gds:
I would get a cell instance name of “M1G1$2” instead of “M1G1” that I used to have.
In the end, is there a way that I can edit my library cells at different files without converting my library cells into static cells?
Sorry for the long post and thank you very much!