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The netlist contains the electrical connections between the components on the circuit board, and is usually held in textual format (see EDIF).

In printed circuit board production a netlist (generated from the production data) is used to carry out an electrical test (E-test) to find incorrect or missing connections. The (formerly) common format Gerber RS-274-X, does contain no netlist, as opposed to the more modern format ODB++.

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