[PD] finding objects ?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 8 17:05:07 CEST 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: Simon Wise <simonzwise at gmail.com>
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> Sent: Saturday, September 8, 2012 2:04 AM
> Subject: Re: [PD] finding objects ?
>>>>    I can update vcf~ in the PDDP docs at some point, but aside from 
> that what
>>>>    do you have in mind?
>>>  Multi-dimensional indexing whose data can be easily referenced by 
> multiple
>>>  features (object search, auto-completion, maybe other)
>>  How will multiple dimensions help users find something that isn't 
> there?
> exactly ... to find details of what is on your machine depends on how 
> consistently those things you happen to have installed are documented ... and 
> some people are making efforts to document a subset of what is available 
> consistently, but even covering just what is in the extended archives is a huge, 
> never ending job.
> to find what is available on the www you need to rely on google or similar, this 
> list, the wiki etc ... depending where the author has mentioned it ... and 
> details and documentation will never be consistent, so indexing that usefully is 
> difficult.
> An effort to package a collection of useful objects in a consistent and indexed 
> way has been happening in the debian repositories ... even if you don't use 
> debian or one of its derivatives (even if you don't use linux) this is a 
> useful, consistent resource with the sources, dependency information, 
> descriptions and various interfaces and indexes for searching it, mirrored on 
> fast mirrors all over the place, archived, built and tested (for linux) on lots 
> of architectures and against lots of other software. That infrastructure would 
> be impossible to maintain for Pd alone.

People shouldn't have to rely on debian repositories to find objects that are
sitting there on their machine.


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