[PD] newbie question: how to install patches on mac os x?

Kyle Klipowicz kyleklip at gmail.com
Tue May 16 18:24:38 CEST 2006

First off, glad to see you on the list.  Second, objects like grid are
called externals, since they are coded separately from pd and loaded
at runtime.  Patches are applications or functions written entirely
using objects internally within Pd.

Pd has a default (I think) to load externals from the directory
labeled "extra."  You can usually toss an external in there and it
will work.  You will have to edit the path and startup, located in the
menu Pd->Preferences->path/startup (respectively) to add the library
to Pd's "vocabulary."

Alternatively, and some like this better, others worse, you can edit a
file called .pdrc in your home directory.  I like this one, but others
think it's "deprecated."

Here is my current .pdrc file, which you can try to copy using vi,
emacs, or any other Unix-style text editor (or one that can read
hidden files, like BBedit).


-helppath /usr/local/lib/pd/doc/5.reference
-helppath /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/help

-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/extra
-path /usr/local/lib/pd/kyle
-path /usr/local/lib/pd/abstractions

-path /usr/local/lib/pd/pdp_pidip_osx/abstractions
-path /usr/local/lib/pd/pdp_pidip_osx/pdp

-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/footils
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/footils/foo
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/footils/list-abs

-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/abstractions
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/abstractions-memento
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/scripts
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/fonts
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/pixelTANGO/abstractions/fx
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/effects
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/instruments
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/doc
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/memento
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/stuff
-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/abstractions/rradical/control

-path /Users/kyleklipowicz/Pd/externals/grill/py/scripts

-lib py
-lib hid
-lib pdp
-lib Gem
-lib zexy
-lib OSC
-lib OSCroute
-lib pmpd
-lib pool

The reason I like to use .pdrc is fairly obvious.  My path has WAY
more than the ten alloted allocations that are given in the
preferences menu.  Of course, there may be a way to increase that
within Pd, but I'm unaware of it (anyone?).

Good luck getting things going!


On 5/16/06, mhohlweg at a1.net <mhohlweg at a1.net> wrote:
> sorry for this idiotic newbie question, but i didn't find an answer in the FAQs:
> how do i install new patches (like grid) on mac os x? i think i managed to compile them, but in which directory do i have to copy them to make them work?
> thanks a lot for taking time to help,
> maximilian
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