[PD] many paths, how

Anders Friberg andersf at speech.kth.se
Wed Oct 17 09:55:40 CEST 2007

One reason for wanting to use all the paths might be to be able to use 
more than 10 libraries of those included in extended.
I tried to trace down the problem I had with this and I found a strange 
behavior related to the "use standard extension" option in the Path.. 
dialog (standardpath variable):
When the "use standard extension" option is selected and pd is started 
then all subdirectories of  /extra seems to be included in the search 
path (used the  verbose flag in the Paths.. dialog). Thus, there is no 
need to include any extended libs in the search paths.
However, if pd is started with the "use standard extension" option off 
it doesn't help turning it on again. If pd is restarted it works again.
I checked the registry in windows and it is updated correctly.
So obviously the "use standard extension" is only changed at start time. 
On the other hand the path changes takes effect immediately. Maybe this 
is a know behavior but it gets very confusing from a user point of view. 
It is not documented in the pd documentation (BTW pictures missing in 
the manual).
I used the latest pd-extended on windows.
I think that the "use more than 10 libs" question is not an education 
problem or searching-the-web problem. I think there are some subtle 
behavior like the one pointed out here that creates a lot of confusion.

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> On Oct 16, 2007, at 6:08 PM, Frank Barknecht wrote:
>> Hallo,
>> Atte André Jensen hat gesagt: // Atte André Jensen wrote:
>>> My paths section in my preferences is full, and I need to ad another.
>>> remember there was some discussion recently about how to add more,  
>>> but I
>>> can't seem to find it. Could anyone refresh my memory?
>> Hm, this gets asked (and answered) once every 1.5 weeks. What can we
>> do about it?
> Hmm... fix it!  Or... document it better...
> The search on puredata.org works quite nicely, we should encourage  
> people to use it.
> .hc
>> Ciao
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