[PD] Very large patches unstable?
hans at at.or.at
Wed Dec 2 06:53:04 CET 2009
There are a bunch of poly objects for Pd, I use nqpoly4 all the time,
then there is polypoly~ and others. I've certainly used patches with
500-1000 abstraction instances without problem, I guess I haven't
On Nov 30, 2009, at 1:09 PM, Stephen Lucas wrote:
> I'm experiencing some instability with a patch that is very large.
> Basically, I have an abstraction that does some calculations between
> a send and receive, whose names are controlled by the creation
> arguments of the abstraction.
> I made a little patch to create 68x68 of these (yes, I really need
> that many), and correctly place them on the canvas so that they
> don't overlap graphically. As far as I can tell, they all created
> fine and I even managed to save the patch. I did use a text editor
> to manually increase the size of the canvas, since message based
> object creation will not automatically resize the canvas if
> something will be past the bounds of the canvas.
> I've been getting inconsistant problems (crashing) with what I can
> only assume is an issue with a patch this large (4624 objects). If I
> understand things correctly, these abstractions do not have any DSP
> objects and should not be consuming large quantities of system
> resources if they're just hanging around, waiting to be used. I
> suspect the problem may mainly be linked to actually looking at the
> patch, which I don't need to do, but I don't feel confident using a
> patch that is always cheating death. If I don't look at the patch
> and just load it as an abstraction in another patch, it seems much
> more stable, but still takes a long time to create, delete, open, or
> Has anyone else seen this problem and am I crazy for trying to do
> this? In Max I probably would have tried to approach this using
> poly~, but I don't know any objects in pd that have similar methods
> of creating several instances of an abstraction. If this is simply a
> problem of having a very large canvas, I could compartmentalize the
> abstractions to solve that.
> Thanks to anyone who puts in their 2cents.
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