DVT VHDL IDE User Guide
Rev. 19.1.24, 11 July 2019

5.1 Compile Waivers

You can use waivers to change the severity (promote/demote) or disable the problems reported by DVT during compilation.

Promote Warning -> Error
Demote Error -> Warning
Disable Hide
Restore Restore a waived problem to its default (originally reported) severity

Waivers are applied in order. Multiple waivers may be applied to the same problem.

Waivers are defined per project, in the .dvt/waivers.xml file.

To quickly create a waivers file click on the Edit waivers button in the Problems View. The .dvt/waivers.xml is created with a default content and opened. You can easily create your own waivers from the default generated ones. In the waivers editor you can use autocomplete for tags, attributes and attribute values.

To quickly create a new waiver, in the Problems View right click on any problem reported by DVT and waive it. DVT proposes some default values for the waiver description, path and message. You can easily change them to fine-tune the waiver.

Another easy way to create a new waiver right from the editor is by using Waive Compilation Problems.

You can include other waiver files using:

<include path="/path/to/included_waivers.xml"/>

The path can be absolute or relative to the project root, and can use environment variables.

Compile Waivers Examples

Use Case Solution
I want to hide all problems from a library that I do not control.<waiver name="Disable all from library folder." severity="DISABLED"><match path="/path/to/library/*"/></waiver>
I want to hide some errors that I don't care about.<waiver name="Disable all that match a specific message pattern." severity="DISABLED"><match message="*some message pattern*"/></waiver>
I want to turn NON_STANDARD warnings into errors.<waiver name="Promote NON_STANDARD warnings to errors." severity="ERROR"><match message="NON_STANDARD*"/></waiver>
I want to see only the problems reported on files in a specific directory.Create a waiver to disable all problems: <waiver name="Disable all" severity="DISABLED"><match path="*"/></waiver>


After it, create a waiver to restore the severity of the problems inside a specific path: <waiver name="Restore my problems" severity="DEFAULT"><match path="/my/path"/></waiver>
I want to hide some DVT false alarms until the issue causing them is fixed.Use a message based and/or path based waiver.

Each problem message is in the form:

<CHECK_ID>: <Failure Details>

or, for Non-top files:

_<CHECK_ID>: <Failure Details>

See Semantic Checks for a complete list of all checks and their identifiers.

This allows you to change the severity by check id using a waiver like:

<waiver name="Disable all <CHECK_ID>" severity="DISABLED"><match message="*<CHECK_ID>:*"/>

Compile Waivers File Syntax (XML)

<!--
   XML file header; required.
-->
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE waivers PUBLIC "-//DVT//waivers" "waivers.dtd" >

<!--
   Root tag; required.
   Version attribute is required.
   The latest syntax version, illustrated by this example, is version 1.
-->
<waivers version="1">
   <!--
      You can include waivers from other waiver files. The syntax
      of the included files is the same as this. You may use environment
      variables in the path to included waiver files.
   -->
   <include path="$COMMON/path/to/included_waivers.xml"/>
   <!--
      The root tag must contain at least one waiver.
      The waiver tag must specify the NEW severity of the problems
      waived by this waiver; it can be one of ERROR, WARNING, DISABLED or DEFAULT
   -->
   <waiver name="Optional short name of the waiver" severity="DISABLED">
       <description>An optional verbose description of the waiver.</description>
       <!--
           Each waiver must contain at least one match tag.
           Each match tag must specify a message pattern, a path pattern or both.
           A match tag matches a problem if ALL specified patterns match.
           The waiver will waive a problem if ANY of the match tags matches.
           NOTE:
               path pattern is NOT matched against the project relative path
               patterns may contain * or ? wildcards
       -->
       <match
           message="pattern to match against the problem's message"
           path="/pattern/to/match/against/the/problems/absolute/path"/>
       <match message="*message pattern*" path="/path/pattern*"/>
       <match message="*only by message*"/>
       <match path="/only/by/path*"/>
   </waiver>
   <!-- Further example waivers -->
   <waiver name="Disable by message" severity="DISABLED">
       <description>
           This waiver disables all problems containing 'JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM'
           inside their message.
       </description>
       <match message="*JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM*"/>
   </waiver>
   <waiver name="Demote by path" severity="WARNING">
       <description>
           This waiver turns into warnings all problems reported
           under '/path/to/foo'
       </description>
       <match path="/path/to/foo/*"/>
   </waiver>
   <waiver name="Promote by path OR message" severity="ERROR">
       <description>
           This waiver turns into errors all problems that
           contain 'JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM' inside their message OR were reported
           under '/path/to/foo'.</description>
       <match message="*JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM*"/>
       <match path="/path/to/foo/*"/>
   </waiver>
   <waiver name="Disable by path AND message" severity="DISABLED">
       <description>
           This waiver disables all problems that contain 'JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM'
           inside their message AND were reported
           under '/path/to/foo'.</description>
       <match message="*JUST_A_FOO_PROBLEM*" path="/path/to/foo/*"/>
   </waiver>
</waivers>

 '''NOTE:''' Backslashes '\' are always treated as path separators, regardless of the OS. Therefore, you cannot use '\?' and '\*' to escape wildcards.