[PD] helpbrowser and the paths

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Mon Sep 5 19:53:04 CEST 2011

On Sep 5, 2011, at 1:20 PM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Jun 2011, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> On May 10, 2011, at 6:20 AM, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
>>> On 2011-05-09 15:48, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 3 May 2011, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
>>>>> 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.
>>>> speaking of which, do you have a solution for the following  
>>>> case ? When
>>>> people uninstall and reinstall the library with a different path,  
>>>> and
>>>> then they have to know that they're supposed to remove any path  
>>>> items
>>>> that have been added automatically, because they do happen to be  
>>>> saved
>>>> if you edit the paths from the Path dialogue.
>>> run a script that checks the user's .pdsettings for potential older
>>> installations of GF and suggest to remove them.
>> Another idea is to discourage the use of the preferences for saving  
>> paths and startup libraries.  Since gridflow configure its self  
>> when its loaded, people can use [import gridflow]/[declare -lib  
>> gridflow] in the patch.
> But there's a difference between discouraging the use and removing  
> the use.
> When you do [import gridflow], gridflow will try adding itself to  
> the path. As long as the path gets saved into the settings-file, it  
> may contain gridflow folders for versions of gridflow that are not  
> in use.
> I might get gridflow to stop adding things to the path in the  
> future, just to avoid such problems in the future. It's a lot better  
> than having gridflow's startup trying to see whether anything has to  
> be removed from path... and doing it correctly.

I agree, I think it would be better to remove setting the startup and  
path preferences completely, and leave only the command line flags and  
[import]/[declare].  I think we can leave in the loading of  
preferences since that would be similar to command line flags.  Its  
something to try and see what happens.



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