[PD] (breaking symbols) was Re: find a list of numbers in a text file

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Tue Sep 6 21:55:17 CEST 2011

On Sep 6, 2011, at 2:55 PM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Tue, 6 Sep 2011, fbar wrote:
>> Forgot to add: Of course it is possible and legal to "use"  
>> numerical or
>> non-printable symbols as selectors, but they have to be constructed
>> dynamically and cannot be typed, in accordance with the restrictions
>> mentioned in the manual.
> If you put a single leading backslash in front of the number in  
> the .pd file, you will get A_SYMBOL in pd, but Pd will save it back  
> to A_FLOAT because it will forget to add the backslash... likewise  
> if you edit the box containing that symbol.

Wow, that's fascinating.  So Pd already has a way to store and load  
symbols like "43".  Miller, any comment on that?  Or is it just a side  
effect of something else.

Here's a little example of this in action (this time with patch  

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