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modelsim Altera support for vpi and dpi


I am trying to use DPI feature and started with one simple DPI project. I can compile the code (.sv and .c) successfully but when i want to simulated the design. I got the error message:

# Model Technology ModelSim - Intel FPGA Edition vlog 2019.2 Compiler 2019.04 Apr 17 2019

# Start time: 13:31:03 on Apr 09,2020

# vlog -reportprogress 300 -sv -dpiheader cimports.h cimports.c

# -- Compiling module top


# Top level modules:

#   top

# -- Compiling DPI/PLI C file cimports.c

# End time: 13:31:03 on Apr 09,2020, Elapsed time: 0:00:00

# Errors: 0, Warnings: 0

# vsim -dpicpppath /opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin -c top

# Start time: 13:31:03 on Apr 09,2020

# ** Error (suppressible): (vsim-7077) The path '/opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin' via -dpicpppath switch is not a valid gcc/g++ full path and is ignored.

# Loading /tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-5.4.0/

# Loading sv_std.std

# Loading

# Compiling /tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/exportwrapper.c

# ** Fatal: ** Fatal: (vsim-3828) Could not link '': cmd = '/opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin/gcc -shared -fPIC -m32 -B/usr/lib32 -o "/tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/" /home/fxiao/verilog_prj/dpi/simple_calls/work/_dpi/auto_compile@/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/*.o "/tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/exportwrapper.o"  -Wl,-Bsymbolic '

# (vsim-50) A call to system(/opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin/gcc -shared -fPIC -m32 -B/usr/lib32 -o "/tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/" /home/fxiao/verilog_prj/dpi/simple_calls/work/_dpi/auto_compile@/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/*.o "/tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-4.7.4/exportwrapper.o"  -Wl,-Bsymbolic >'/tmp/questatmp.Wxi800' 2>&1) returned error code '1'.

# The logfile contains the following messages:

# /opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin/../libexec/gcc/i686-pc-linux-gnu/4.7.4/ld: /usr/lib32/crti.o: unrecognized relocation (0x2b) in section `.init'

# /opt/tools/Altera/19.4/modelsim_ase/gcc-4.7.4-linux/bin/../libexec/gcc/i686-pc-linux-gnu/4.7.4/ld: final link failed: Bad value

# collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status


# No such file or directory. (errno = ENOENT)



# FATAL ERROR while loading design

# Error loading design

# Error: Error loading design

#       Pausing macro execution

# MACRO ./ PAUSED at line 29

it seems the library is loaded from a temp folder using different version of gcc:  Loading /tmp/fxiao@fxiao-Precision-T7600_dpi_18315/linuxpe_gcc-5.4.0/ But compiles the wrapper using gcc comes with the tool which is 4.7.4. How can I specify the library folder? is it an environment variable? I could not find any info about this topic online

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According to link below, the QUARTUS_LIBRARY_PATHS environment variable specifies user-defined library paths. You can use this environment variable to define multiple library paths at the same time, instead of individually adding each path to the user library. 


  2. (p14-Configuring the Linux User Environment)





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Hi there, Thank you for your reply. The tool I am talking about is the modelsim not the Quartus. Can you be more specific about the setting of this environment variable to solve this issue. Frank
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