[PD] Textual pd primer

Andy Farnell padawan12 at obiwannabe.co.uk
Thu Aug 16 21:58:07 CEST 2012

I guess this is a case of working out best practices for development.

Nobody actually develops Pd in text mode, but gettin things running in
an embedded way involves a good deal less graphics and can be intimidating
or confusing at first.

If you don't want the RPi set up with mouse, kbd and monitor like a full
system, it's rather like working on other embedded development systems,
you need to see the board as a target host, and your local machine as the
development (client).

One way is to work on a laptop or desktop, and the ftp/scp them accross to the
target board.

But probably most useful is to use X windows to ssh 

ssh -Y -l user address.of.my.rpi

and then just start Pd, which will seem to run on your main machine.

I sense some kind of Raspberry Pi and Pd workshop in the coming
weeks. maybe best developmnt practices and tips will be an
outcme of that meeting.


On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:42:47AM -0400, Sam Raker wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Longtime listener, first time caller. 
> I was wondering if there's a good intro to text-only pd. I just got a raspberry pi, and I've heard a lot of chatter about how the -nogui flag solves a lot of weird dsp problems &c, plus it'd be nice not to have to waste a USB port plugging in a mouse as well as a keyboard/midi keyboard/sound card/m-audio box/etc. Plus my main comp is a mac, and I'm worried making my patches on my Mac and then getting them onto my pi will be a pain in the b. 
> I've seen people say stuff like, "oh, just make a patch and look at it with a text editor and figure it out," but that's a bit over my head.
> Thoughts?
> -sam
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