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       net - format of .net files read/written by Magic's netlist editor


       Netlist  files are read and written by Magic's netlist editor in a very
       simple  ASCII  format.   The  first  line   contains   the   characters
       ``  Netlist  File'' (the leading blank is important).  After that comes
       a blank line and then the descriptions of one or more nets.   Each  net
       contains  one or more lines, where each line contains a single terminal
       name.  The nets are separated by blank lines.  Any line that  is  blank
       or  whose first character is blank is considered to be a separator line
       and the rest of its contents are ignored.

       Each terminal name is a path, much like a file path name in  Unix.   It
       consists of one or more fields separated by slashes.  The last field in
       the path is the name of a label in a cell.  The other fields (if  any),
       are  cell instance identifiers that form a path from the edit cell down
       to the label.  The first instance identifier must name a subcell of the
       edit cell, the second must be a subcell of the first, and so on.

       Instance  identifiers  are  unique  within  their  parent  cells,  so a
       terminal path selects a unique cell to contain the label.  However, the
       same  label  may  appear  multiple  times  within  its cell.  When this
       occurs, Magic assumes that the identical labels  identify  electrically
       equivalent  terminals;  it will choose the closest of them when routing
       to that terminal.  Further, after connecting to one of these  terminals
       Magic  may  take  advantage  of  the  internal  wiring  connecting them
       together and route through a cell to complete the net's wiring.

       An example netlist file follows  below.   It  contains  three  distinct

               Netlist File


               This line starts with a blank, so it's a separator.