[PD] [PD-dev] removing path and libs from Pd-extended preferences GUI

Charles Henry czhenry at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 21:24:01 CEST 2011

I don't actually *like* those solutions for the scenario I just described.

I think the path dialog has a distinct purpose of its own that is not
shared by those options.  (These aren't always advantages--just
--It's persistent across sessions.
--I can use my own organization of abstractions in some far flung
corner of my user directory.
--It's always the full path.

For some types of work, the path dialog really makes sense to me.  I
work on it sporadically, I crash Pd frequently, and when I start it
up, having those settings saved in the config will save me some time.

[declare] and [import] are really for sharing patches with other
people--but maybe I'm not sharing anything and I'm just cooking up
some buggy externals.  Then, I want to be able to work quickly--*not*


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at at.or.at> wrote:
> For this situation, I think there is no need for custom paths, you can
> use the built-in default paths, which are the default in pd-vanilla,
> pd-extended, and pd-l2ork.
> For the rjlib, merely drop the 'rj' folder into the standard default
> install location:
> http://puredata.info/docs/faq/how-do-i-install-externals-and-help-files
> Then use the object by doing [rj/s_fm4] or whatever.  Or you could you:
> [import rj]
> [s_fm4]
> or:
> [declare -lib rj]
> [s_fm4]
> The only use case for setting your own path that I know is like [declare
> -path lib/] where you set a folder within your project to load libs
> from.  That is accomplished much better with [declare -path] than
> setting a global pref because it means the patch has the whole config
> included with it.
> .hc
> On Tue, 2011-09-20 at 13:30 -0500, Charles Henry wrote:
>> Sorry-I'm a bit confused as to the difference between libs and paths,
>> at the moment.
>> Here's a situation where I like to have the path dialog:
>> I download an archive of abstractions (like RJDJ), and I'd like to be
>> able to put them anywhere, so if there's a couple different versions,
>> I can just tell them apart from folders.
>> With the path dialog, I can just right away see what set of
>> abstractions are on the path, change it, apply, and get to work.
>> How would I accomplish the same thing without it?
>> Chuck

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