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System-Console Disk Space (4GB necessary?)

New Contributor I

I have been using Intel/Alterna FPGAs for awhile, and saw the size of the system-console standalone grow:

- System Console 12.1 --- 475MB

- System Console 18.1 --- 1.31GB

- System Console 21.2 --- 3.26GB

- System Console 22.2 --- 3.69GB


I use a mix of FPGAs: Arria V, Arria X, Stratix X. 

All I do through the console is base commands: device_download_sof, master_read/write_16/32, master_read/write_to_file.

I am hoping to stay with the lowest disk space possible:

-12.1 would be ideal, but does not seem to support the latest Arria X/Stratix X

-18.1 would be second best, but it throws an error message (see below)

- 21.2 / 22.2 are very heavy. Any way to slim them down, and just keep a smaller size? 

- Or maybe is there another interface program I should look into instead of the 4GB system-console for scripting?





Info: *******************************************************************
Info: Running Quartus Prime Programmer
Info: Command: quartus_pgm --no_banner --mode=jtag --cable="USB-BlasterII on localhost [USB-1]" --operation="p;C:\FPGA_Image.sof@2"
Info (213045): Using programming cable "USB-BlasterII [USB-1]"
Info (213011): Using programming file C:/FPGA_Image.sof with checksum 0x3F91FD51 for device 1SG280LU3F50@2
Info (209060): Started Programmer operation at Wed Oct 19 10:31:15 2022
Info (18942): Configuring device index 2
Info (18943): Configuration succeeded at device index 2
Info (209011): Successfully performed operation(s)
Info (209061): Ended Programmer operation at Wed Oct 19 10:31:17 2022
Info: Quartus Prime Programmer was successful. 0 errors, 0 warnings
    Info: Peak virtual memory: 5696 megabytes
    Info: Processing ended: Wed Oct 19 10:31:17 2022
    Info: Elapsed time: 00:00:16
    Info: Total CPU time (on all processors): 00:00:44
Oct 19, 2022 10:31:17 AM com.altera.systemconsole.internal.core.SystemConsole logInfo
INFO: Finished discovering JTAG connections
Oct 19, 2022 10:31:17 AM com.altera.systemconsole.internal.core.SystemConsole logFine
FINE: Connection type JTAG hash NULL index null device 1
Oct 19, 2022 10:31:17 AM com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.JtagCable mergeDevices
WARNING: Exception thrown for Device 1SG280HH(1S2|2S2|3S2)|..@2, no SLD nodes will be added for this device: 1
java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 1
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.aji.AJIDevice.getNodes(
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.aji.AJIDevice.queryNodes(
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.JtagCable.mergeDevices(
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.JtagConnectionProvider$
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.plugin.jtag.JtagConnectionProvider$
        at Source)
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.core.SystemExecutor$
        at com.altera.systemconsole.internal.core.SystemExecutor$
        at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(Unknown Source)
        at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$ Source)
        at Source)




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The large disk space size of the programmer tool is due to the heavy device Agilex so most probably can't be slimmed down. For Stand-Alone Software, I would say that Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition Programmer and Tools is the only one programmer tool downloader.

Additionally, device Arria V is supported in Standard version only but not in Pro version.

Best Regards,


p/s: If any answer from the community or Intel Support are helpful, please feel free to give best answer or rate 4/5 survey.

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New Contributor I

Is there a way to remove the unused files (Agilex, other devices, ...), and just keep the ones for the devices we use @ShengN_Intel ?

If we can save 2-3GB that way, it would be fantastic

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Honored Contributor III

If you've already installed device files (.qdz) for devices you're not using, pretty much the only way to get rid of them is to uninstall and reinstall Quartus.

But as mentioned, all you really need is the Quartus Programmer download and installation which includes System Console.

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Hi @covfefe ,


For the stand-alone software programmer tool, that's not possible to remove the unused files because all the libraries had been built-in already.


Best Regards,



p/s: If any answer from the community or Intel Support are helpful, please feel free to give best answer or rate 4/5 survey.


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