[PD] A little help in automating pd?

Kyle Klipowicz kyleklip at gmail.com
Sat May 5 20:44:01 CEST 2007

I don't know anthing about this, but Robot Cowboy is awsome dude!


On 5/5/07, Daniel Wilcox <danomatika at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> So this is my first post to the list.
> back story:
> I'm running pd in Linux on a small wearable computer.  I do not
> use a screen, mouse, or keyboard, just an arduino box with a button
> and some other doo dads to control patch loading / activation.
> I've successfully automated pd in Windows using a python windows
> testing library to grab widgets and send keys to applications, but the Gnome
> alternative cannot see tcl/tk widgets ... I'm better off running without a
> gui anyway. :P
> I've hacked a quick controller patch using the ;open message for a show, but
> that was only
> a temp fix as I have no way to close patches from within pd ... or is there?
>  I do not
> want to have to open an entire set of patches at once as my machine only has
> 256 Mb of ram
> and, if I start using lots of samples, this could be a problem.
> So now I'm exec launching and SIGINT'ing pd in C :
> - lauch pd with the current patch and remember the process id
> - the patch contains an osc object to receive all of my controllers
> - sigint pd when I'm done (btw Whats the cleanest kill signal to send?)
> Now my questions are:
> - Is there a built in way to close an open pd patch from within pd ...?
> My thinking is that I can open pd with a small control patch that receives
> messages to open and close
> patches.
> - If not, has anyone made an automation object? Would anyone be interested
> if I attempted
> to write one?
> - Does having a built-in method to do this provide any advantage over my
> current solution of launching/killing pd?
> The advantage I have now is that I can monitor the running status of pd so
> if it crashes, which it has done when using
> the aforementioned temp hack, I can safely kill and restart on the current
> patch.
> Thanks!
> --
> Dan Wilcox
> danomatika
> www.robotcowboy.com
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