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Hi,

I'm studying with UVM and now I am confused by UVM_READONLY. I was told when a variable is set as UVM_READONLY, then it can't be changed during simulation. Now I found an example as this:

class state extends uvm_component;

bit coverage_enable = 1;

...

`uvm_component_utils_begin(state)

...

`uvm_field_int(coverage_enable, UVM_DEFAULT | UVM_READONLY )

`uvm_component_utils_end

endclass : state

state my_state;

and here is the configure:

set_config_int("my_state", "coverage_enable", 0);

my_state = state::type_id::create("my_state", null);

here is the thing confused me: if coverage_enable is set to UVM_READONLY, how can you set its new value through set_config_int? thanks.

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The UVM_READONLY setting only applies to operations performed by the field automation macros. Anything you do manually is not affected by the field macro settings. BTW, since this is inside an uvm_component, get_config_int would have been implicitly called if you had not used UVM_READONLY.

Dave

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The `uvm_field_**** macros are the field automation macros, where **** are a certain subset of data types. They are supposed to save you some amount of code writing by performing certain operations for you, get_config being one of them, along with printing, copying, pack, and unpack. I normally do not recommend using them because I like seeing the code, and there can be a lot of overhead in the code the macro invokes. See http://go.mentor.com/mcem. By the way, the paper I reference just won "Best Paper" as this year's DVCon.

Dave

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BTW, since this is inside an uvm_component, get_config_int would have been implicitly called if you had not used UVM_READONLY.

ONLY if you either 1) called super.build_phase() in your build_phase() method or 2) explicitly called apply_config_settings() in that same method.

But I'm with Dave on this one: I don't like to rely on these magic class member assignments. I prefer to make an explicit uvm_config_db::get() call.

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