[PD] helpbrowser and the paths

tim vets timvets at gmail.com
Tue May 3 11:43:36 CEST 2011

kind of related:
I (and from what I read, some other people too) would like the help browser
to be resizable.
This also helps when there are so many entries in it.
also on my wishlist, even remotely-er related:
A 'create new folder' button in the savepanel :)
Personally I wouldn't mind if the help-browser were just another browser
like the openpanel and savepanel ones,
but which opens in the help location.

2011/5/3 IOhannes m zmoelnig <zmoelnig at iem.at>

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> while preparing a debian package of Gem, i stumbled across a
> help-browser weirdness, which i'm not sure how to fix.
> the background: Gem comes both as a big binary (Gem.pd_linux) and a
> number of abstractions. everything is installed into /u/l/p/extra/Gem
> (to avoid cluttering the global filespace with Gem files); in order to
> use the abstractions painlessly (that is: without prefixing them
> "Gem/"), the /u/l/p/extra/Gem path has to be added somehow to Pd's
> search paths. (this can be done manually via the -path, or automatically
> by Gem). so far so good.
> the problem: starting Pd with Gem added to the paths, results in a
> not-so-nice help-browser experience: basically the left column (the one
> that is crucial for navigating the various directories) is filled with
> 224 or so help-patches from Gem, sorted alphabetically (so directories
> are lost somewhere between files), and upper-case before lower-case.
> of course there is also a directory entry for Gem/ in the help-browser,
> making the information accessible two times (adding more confusion)
> given that both GF and Gem are to add their paths automatically on
> startup, the left column if the help-browser might have >500
> help-patches and several dozens of directories.
> i don't know exactly where to fix the problem, but a simple solution
> would be to only allow directories on the left side (and add an entry
> for "<searchpaths>" (probably an entry for "all searchpaths" and
> separate entries for each searchpath), rather than throwing everything
> together.
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