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Re: LTspice data import

From: Nicholas Jankowski
Subject: Re: LTspice data import
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:27:22 -0400

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 11:21 AM al davis <address@hidden> wrote:
On Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:09:30 +0200
"Dr. K. nick" <address@hidden> wrote:
> for my project I have created a function to load LTspice (=very popular
> freeware circuit simulation package from Linear Technologies, now Analog
> devices
> https://www.analog.com/en/design-center/design-tools-and-calculators/ltspice-simulator.html)
> simulation results into octave. It works quite decent so far but it
> needs a bit of polishing and documentation to be easily usable for
> somebody other than me.
> Before taking on this task I'd like to know whether people are
> interested in this kind of functionality being added to octave.

I see a problem in that LTspice is not free software, therefore
incompatible with GPL and against GNU policy.

How is a function to read/import data from LTSpice simulations incompatible with GPL? I use LTSpice regularly. (and ngspice, but certain functionality just isn't there).  LTSpice has a fairly standard output format.  As a non-open source program you will be at the mercy of future program changes, there shouldn't be any concern with making a data import script.  Hooking directly to LTSpice may be a different issue altogether, but I did not interpret the original question as implying such an interface.

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