[PD] Meaning of -noprefs

Miller Puckette mpuckett at imusic1.ucsd.edu
Wed Dec 5 22:06:22 CET 2007

Hi all,

I think "-noprefs" should stop .pdrc as well, since it's in the spirit
of being able to find out whether a problem is coming from the configuration
or from Pd itself.  If it's reasonably easy to do I'll change that.

That said, I think ".pdrc" should be regarded as deprecated, unless there's
something you can do with it that can't be done in .pdsettings instead.


On Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 09:31:31AM +0100, Peter Plessas wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Peter
> 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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