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[SPAM 29.15] [PIC] XC8 PRO Unlocking

David Duffy (AVD)
Can anyone assist with "unlocking" XC8 ? Direct email me if preferred.
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Re: [SPAM 29.15] [PIC] XC8 PRO Unlocking

Forrest Christian (List Account)
Two items:

1) Many (most?) people don't really need the PRO version of the compiler,
as the free compiler produces acceptable code for many/most applications.

The pro is only needed if you've got an application where the code size is
critical (i.e. you're shipping a million units and if you can fit in the
smaller part it could save you lots of $$$), OR if you've got an
application which needs to be more highly optimized for speed.   Anymore
the processors are cheap and fast enough that neither really matters for
most applications.   For hobby use, you can often just move to something
with a bit more memory and possibly a faster clock.

2) I can read your request two ways:   One option is that you have a
legitimate license and are having licensing issues, then if you provide a
bit more detail as to what is going on someone might be able to help.  The
licensing setup can be a little weird.  Alternatively, if you are asking
about how to enable XC8 pro without paying for it, someone else will need
to reply since I'm of the opinion that one should pay for legitimate copies
of software if possible.

On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:04 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
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> Can anyone assist with "unlocking" XC8 ? Direct email me if preferred.
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[SPAM 29.15] Re: [SPAM 29.15] [PIC] XC8 PRO Unlocking

David Duffy (AVD)
The existing code I need to recompile was compiled with PRO but the
licence expired. The code doesn't quite fit the chip without PRO mode.
Yes, the customer should have used a bigger chip, but that's not an
option now. I can't modify the code to fit without risking of breaking
stuff.  A new 30 day licence was bought and it's refusing to install. At
present I'm over this Microchip foolishness and just need to get the job
done. They don't need to make things hard when we're already buying
their product.
David...

On 7/07/2020 8:38 pm, Forrest Christian (List Account) wrote:

> Two items:
>
> 1) Many (most?) people don't really need the PRO version of the compiler,
> as the free compiler produces acceptable code for many/most applications.
>
> The pro is only needed if you've got an application where the code size is
> critical (i.e. you're shipping a million units and if you can fit in the
> smaller part it could save you lots of $$$), OR if you've got an
> application which needs to be more highly optimized for speed.   Anymore
> the processors are cheap and fast enough that neither really matters for
> most applications.   For hobby use, you can often just move to something
> with a bit more memory and possibly a faster clock.
>
> 2) I can read your request two ways:   One option is that you have a
> legitimate license and are having licensing issues, then if you provide a
> bit more detail as to what is going on someone might be able to help.  The
> licensing setup can be a little weird.  Alternatively, if you are asking
> about how to enable XC8 pro without paying for it, someone else will need
> to reply since I'm of the opinion that one should pay for legitimate copies
> of software if possible.
>
> On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:04 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> Can anyone assist with "unlocking" XC8 ? Direct email me if preferred.
>> David...
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Re: [SPAM 29.15] Re: [SPAM 29.15] [PIC] XC8 PRO Unlocking

Forrest Christian (List Account)
ok,  that's all 100% valid.  I'm also of the opinion that these tools
should be free, Apparently microchip management and at least some of the
compiler developers have differing opinions on what should be free or not
as well.

Regardless,  there is a .pdf at
http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/Installing-and-Licensing-MPLAB-XC-C-Compilers%2520DS50002059.pdf
which covers most of the process.

One note is that sometimes the script has to be run as administrator.
Another note is that the script sometimes refuses to work at all.

In those cases I've discovered that the script was using the wrong
xclm.exe.  I believe last time I relicensed my xc8 compiler I had to
manually run xclm from the compiler directory, or perhaps the mplabx
directory, using an admin level command prompt and replicating the
arguments from the script.



On Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:09 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> The existing code I need to recompile was compiled with PRO but the
> licence expired. The code doesn't quite fit the chip without PRO mode.
> Yes, the customer should have used a bigger chip, but that's not an
> option now. I can't modify the code to fit without risking of breaking
> stuff.  A new 30 day licence was bought and it's refusing to install. At
> present I'm over this Microchip foolishness and just need to get the job
> done. They don't need to make things hard when we're already buying
> their product.
> David...
>
> On 7/07/2020 8:38 pm, Forrest Christian (List Account) wrote:
> > Two items:
> >
> > 1) Many (most?) people don't really need the PRO version of the compiler,
> > as the free compiler produces acceptable code for many/most applications.
> >
> > The pro is only needed if you've got an application where the code size
> is
> > critical (i.e. you're shipping a million units and if you can fit in the
> > smaller part it could save you lots of $$$), OR if you've got an
> > application which needs to be more highly optimized for speed.   Anymore
> > the processors are cheap and fast enough that neither really matters for
> > most applications.   For hobby use, you can often just move to something
> > with a bit more memory and possibly a faster clock.
> >
> > 2) I can read your request two ways:   One option is that you have a
> > legitimate license and are having licensing issues, then if you provide a
> > bit more detail as to what is going on someone might be able to help.
> The
> > licensing setup can be a little weird.  Alternatively, if you are asking
> > about how to enable XC8 pro without paying for it, someone else will need
> > to reply since I'm of the opinion that one should pay for legitimate
> copies
> > of software if possible.
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:04 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
> > [hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> >> Can anyone assist with "unlocking" XC8 ? Direct email me if preferred.
> >> David...
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On Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:09 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> The existing code I need to recompile was compiled with PRO but the
> licence expired. The code doesn't quite fit the chip without PRO mode.
> Yes, the customer should have used a bigger chip, but that's not an
> option now. I can't modify the code to fit without risking of breaking
> stuff.  A new 30 day licence was bought and it's refusing to install. At
> present I'm over this Microchip foolishness and just need to get the job
> done. They don't need to make things hard when we're already buying
> their product.
> David...
>
> On 7/07/2020 8:38 pm, Forrest Christian (List Account) wrote:
> > Two items:
> >
> > 1) Many (most?) people don't really need the PRO version of the compiler,
> > as the free compiler produces acceptable code for many/most applications.
> >
> > The pro is only needed if you've got an application where the code size
> is
> > critical (i.e. you're shipping a million units and if you can fit in the
> > smaller part it could save you lots of $$$), OR if you've got an
> > application which needs to be more highly optimized for speed.   Anymore
> > the processors are cheap and fast enough that neither really matters for
> > most applications.   For hobby use, you can often just move to something
> > with a bit more memory and possibly a faster clock.
> >
> > 2) I can read your request two ways:   One option is that you have a
> > legitimate license and are having licensing issues, then if you provide a
> > bit more detail as to what is going on someone might be able to help.
> The
> > licensing setup can be a little weird.  Alternatively, if you are asking
> > about how to enable XC8 pro without paying for it, someone else will need
> > to reply since I'm of the opinion that one should pay for legitimate
> copies
> > of software if possible.
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:04 AM David Duffy (AVD) <
> > [hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> >> Can anyone assist with "unlocking" XC8 ? Direct email me if preferred.
> >> David...
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