[PD] [PD-dev] openpanel length limit on OSX and linux

Tim Boykett tim at timesup.org
Thu Oct 4 18:47:07 CEST 2007

To clarify: The file I want is:


when I click on it in the openpanel help patch, I see this:

print: symbol /Volumes/WORKGROUPHARBOUR/Projects/ShortTermDoc/Code/ 

where the position of the * is consistent across various files I have  

The problem might be in TkTcl. If I create a deep directory structure:

$ mkdir  
$ touch  

then try to openpanel into it, I get the following in the Pd console  

error: .printout.text: no such object
print: symbol /Users/tibo/ 

I checked to see whether symbols has a maximum length of 80 char or  
so, but it does
not seem to be the case. That is what I meant by my last comment.

Anybody know how I might get around this?



On 04/10/2007, at 5:17 PM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Thu, 4 Oct 2007, Tim Boykett wrote:
>>   I have found a strange problem with openpanel on OSX and linux.  
>> If I open a file with a long name, including the whole directory,  
>> then it gets cropped at around 80 characters (maybe 78 or 79). I  
>> have tested this on a debian 0.40 install and the latest OSX  
>> extended. I cannot see where this 80 character restriction might  
>> come from - looking at the source there seems to be no place that  
>> it is mentioned within the PD code.
> [print] has a limit size like that, but the actual limit size of pd  
> is more like 1000.
> (in desiredata, the limit of 1000 has been removed)
>> I hope someone can help. It does not seem to be a problem with symbol
>> lengths.
> What do you mean?
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