[PD] Meaning of -noprefs

Peter Plessas plessas at mur.at
Wed Dec 5 09:31:31 CET 2007

Dear List, Simon

Thanks Simon for your kind reply and explanations

So although there might be space for calling that behavior an additional 
but questionable 'feature', i consider it an inconsistency in user 
interface design. Preferences are preferences, whether they are in a 
.pdrc file or in a preferences file.

IMHO -noprefs should disable all preferences-mechanisms.



simon wise wrote:
> On 1 Dec 2007, at 10:11 PM, Peter Plessas wrote:
>> i thought that the -noprefs flag also disables loading of the .pdrc file
>>   on linux, but it does not. Is this intentional on 0.40-2?
> Since the preference dialogues were added they have always been treated 
> as quite separate from the older .pdrc system - IMHO this split remains 
> useful as it is possible to either ignore the older system (just delete 
> any .pdrc files) or use it instead (delete the settings files instead) 
> or use both in parallel to help manage your settings in different ways 
> for different circumstances (eg using the .pdrc to set up machine 
> specific things like which soundcard to use while selecting libraries 
> and startup patches with the preferences). The newer preference system 
> is getting some very useful features - especially the embedded option! - 
> and when the dialogue box eventually gets more than 10 slots I will use 
> the .pdrc system less often.
> simon

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