[PD] helpbrowser and the paths
piem at piem.org
Wed May 4 23:47:44 CEST 2011
On Wed, May 04, 2011 at 12:18:04PM -0400, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> Using Pd-extended 0.43.1-20110430 on Mac OS X I don't see this
> behvaior with Gem or gridflow. The helpbrowser.tcl code is the same
> between pure-data and pd-extended.
How do you start pd to load Gem?
Removing '-path /usr/lib/pd/extra/Gem', the help browser behaves as
> On May 3, 2011, at 4:54 AM, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
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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
> >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-
> >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
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