[PD] zexy and Pd-0.38.4-extended-RC3.app

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Wed Nov 23 07:00:34 CET 2005

On Nov 22, 2005, at 10:31 PM, Burt wrote:

> When using Pd-0.38.4-extended-RC3, I would like to load several of the  
> zexy externals.  Previously, I would just put zexy in the "Pd binaries  
> to load" preference setting which of course would add lines to the  
> plist in my Preferences so the externals in zexy.pd_darwin would load.  
>  Now that we've decided to have separately compiled zexy externals in  
> the extra folder instead of one big zexy.pd_darwin, how would I tell  
> Pd to load them when the Startup options only give me ten slots?  Say  
> I wanted to load Gem, xsample, vasp, dyn~ pmpd, cyclone, memento,  
> toxy, limiter~, zexy~, and envrms~.  Can I specify some libraries as  
> startup flags?  Is it bad form to load more libraries than one is  
> actually using in any given patch?  Should there be some way of  
> specifying which libraries to load with each patch?

There are a few solutions in the works for this.  Günter Geiger's  
[using] object would be quite nice, it allows you to load libs from a  
patch (i.e. [using zexy].  Then, I plan on redoing the preference  
panels so that they are more usable, including unlimited paths and libs  

Its not a big deal to load all the libs, it'll just take longer to  
start, and use up more RAM.

> Also, when I used to load the full zexy.pd_darwin, my Pd startup time  
> was fairly slow.  I didn't really test not loading zexy, but I have  
> noticed that this new Pd extended loads faster.  Were the zexy  
> externals one reason load-time took so long?  Do extra externals  
> effect Pd's performance?  I'm wondering if anyone's done any tests.

With objects compiled individually, the code is only loaded when it is  
used.  With a lib, the whole lib is loaded on startup.  So yes, not  
have a lib will make it startup quicker


> samuel burt
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