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In the early days of Nintendo DS developement, while libnds was still building the low level support code, a library appeared with the goal of making things easier for novice programmers. This library, called PAlib ( standing for Programmer's Arsenal ), set out to provide a comprehensive set of wrapper functions which would allow someone with only the most basic knowledge of programming to get the skeleton of a DS game up and running quickly.

Making the tools used for homebrew programming more accessible to a wider range of skillsets is a laudable goal - one that is shared wholeheartedly by devkitPro. Unfortunately PAlib has not kept pace with the toolchain and library releases from devkitPro, resulting in a situation where users are being advised to replace the latest releases with old binaries which are no longer supported. For this reason devkitPro will not provide support to users attempting to get PAlib working. If you have followed the instructions given on the PAlib site and other sites whose tools depend on PAlib then we strongly advise that you uninstall completely and start over from scratch without replacing the PAlib parts.

Currently PAlib depends on devkitPro releases which are almost two years old, many improvements and bugfixes have been applied to the tools in that time. Using only official devkitPro releases will also help ensure that you can update your tools and reap the benefits of our quality control without causing major issues in the projects you've already started.

At the time of writing we have plans to further improve the accessibility of the tools and libraries we release. Unfortunately it will not be possible to ensure that 3rd party releases remain compatible with our tools and the integrity of those tools will be placed in question if you install anything not released by devkitPro or modify the file system provided by the automated installer.

If you require assistance with our tools then please use the official support forums and the irc channels listed in the Community Portal page.