As first-time KiCAD user, I was able to draw a simple schema with a CD4011 driving 2 relais. The "electrical rules checker" -finally- gives no errors or warnings. After creating the netlist and placing the components on the PCB, there is no way to route a track from the Vdd power-in pin to pin 14 or from the Vss power-in pin to pin 7 of the CD4011. Worse, I can place a track between Pins 7 and 14 . . .

In the standard symbol_dir, pins 7 and 14 are declared as VSS and VDD "power input" :


This is (part) of the schema with "show invisible pins" activated :


No hidden pins at the CD4011 ...

After reading lots of info on various websites, I tried this power-schema :


In Pcbnew highlighting the "GND" net does not include any pin of the CD4011 ...


Even more curious, Pcbnew lets me connect pins 7 and 14 of the CD4011 :


Where oh where did I go wrong ? ? ?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you connect the pins in eeschema? As they are not invisible you need to do this. For that you might need to add the 5th unit (unit E) \$\endgroup\$ Nov 21, 2018 at 21:06

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You are missing "Unit E" of the quad pack. How this symbol works is there is a part of each of the quad (Unit A -> Unit D) and then an additional one for the power.

Your first image shows it but then the next images does not.

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So your circuit should have 5 components. So a quick throwaway design:

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Finally the layout with a quick ground trace to see all GND pins highlighted

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In short, ensure all parts of a multi-symbol part are placed and wired


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