Netlist files are read and written by Magics 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 nets wiring.
An example netlist file follows below. It contains three distinct nets.
This line starts with a blank, so its a separator.