[PD] Pd-list Digest, Vol 49, Issue 72

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Tue Apr 14 10:41:46 CEST 2009

Hey Phil,
thanks a lot for the suggestions, in the end i solved deleting the pref.
file. But doing it from the terminal.
Sorry, for not answering but i was in incredible rush.
For info, the plist file wasn't there and after some typing in the terminal
it appeared (odd behaviour). When i tried to open it the file was empty, but
from terminal i could see the string where the error was. Then i deleted it
from the terminal.
The laptop wasn't mine so that i don't know the technical details of it, but
later i think i will be able to answer with that, if needed.

Besides i was checking the related FAQs, but i didn't find anything about
deleting the plist, so (as it was the first time i had to manage a pref.
issue) i wasn't sure at all about deleting it and how to do it and i had to
find the instructions about using defaults in the terminal to modify or
delete the file.
Then with your email and some googling i understood that one line from the
terminal could solve everything.
I just miss this indication in the FAQs or it's missing for real?
if it's missing i think it could be useful to add it there in the FAQ
section, cause as a newbie to this kind of operations i got lost for some


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> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 06:50:20 -0700
> From: Phil Stone <pkstone at ucdavis.edu>
> Subject: Re: [PD] startup makes crash + .plist
> To: Marco Donnarumma <devel at thesaddj.com>
> Cc: pd-list at iem.at
> Message-ID: <49E3431C.90205 at ucdavis.edu>
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> Marco Donnarumma wrote:
> > Hi list,
> > i have an Urgent problem i realy hope someone could help me quickly.
> > This is the last day for me to prepare a performance for a live show
> > and Pd doesn't open anymore. :(
> > The story>
> > i installed pdmtl library (from zip file on MAC) following the video
> > tutorial. I modified Pd preferences (path and startup), close Pd and
> > when i tried to relaunch it, it open a blank consolle and then crash
> > immediately without loading any library (or at least i don-t see in
> > the consolle anything loading).
> > so it doesn-t allow me to modify anymore the preferences.
> >
> > i disinstalled Pd and reinstalled twice but it keeps on with the same
> > behaviour described above (as far as i know the keys are still stored
> > in the system).
> This suggests that the problem lies in the plist file in
> ~/Library/Preferences/, as when you re-install Pd, you should be
> re-installing the default preferences as well (i.e., the plist that
> lives within the application package contents).   Are you re-installing
> a completely fresh copy?
> > how can i modify the org.puredata.pd.plist file from terminal? i used
> > the command defaults read org.puredata.pd and i see the error in in
> > the flags startup - but i cannot sort out how to modify it from
> > terminal... (sorry for the ignorance but im not used to manage terminal)
> > i also look for org.puredata.pd.plist in |~/Library/Preferences/ |but
> > the file doens't look to be there.
> That's very odd.  There should be "org.puredata.pd.plist" (as well as
> "org.puredata.pd.wish.pdlist", but ignore that) in
> ~/Library/Preferences/.  It would seem to be the only explanation for
> the persistence of the problem.  By the way, if and when you find
> org.puredata.pd.plist, just double-click it, and a property editing
> program will run.  Alternatively, just delete it org.puredata.pd.plist
> from ~/Library/Preferences/ -- that will get you back to default
> behavior.  See here for more info:
> http://puredata.info/docs/faq/pdsettings
> > or how i disinstall Pd in order to reset all preferences?
> > or any other suggestion is really appreciated, i still have a hell of
> > work to do on the performance patch.....  :((((
> I hope this helps...I'll be around for the next ten hours or so, so
> write back if you're still stuck.  Good luck.
> Phil

Marco Donnarumma aka The !S.A.D!

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Roma, IT

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