[PD] Installing externals on Raspberry Pi 3

IOhannes m zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.at
Thu Nov 24 16:27:16 CET 2016

On 2016-11-24 15:46, David wrote:
>> Hi!
> I have PD v0.46.2 installed on a RPi3 under Jessie. I'm trying to install
> some externals by using 'sudo apt-get install pd-<insert name here>', but
> I'm just getting "Unable to locate package ...". There was a posting on the
> raspberrypi.org forum saying that this method worked, but the posting was a
> little old.

this method has worked for more than 10 years or so, and there is no
sign that it will stop working anytime soon.
anyhow, chances are that you misspelled "<insert name here>".
when using `apt-get install`, you must use the *exact* package name.

you can get a list of available packages with

$ apt-cache search ^pd-

this will simply list all packages that start with "pd-"; afaict it only
contains pd-packages; and it only misses Gem, which goes by the package
name of "gem" for historical reasons.

on a jessie/amd64 system this lists about 56 packages, on stretch/amd64
it's about 92.
on arm (e.g. the raspberry), you might get fewer packages, as some might
not be available on this architecture (though a quick look at the Debian
archive suggests that the only package missing from arm is pd-scaf,
which you have probably never heard about :-))

anyhow, you could also use a graphical package manager to do some
interactive search for available packages.

> Is this the best way to install externals on a RPi? Is there a repository I
> need to add to find them? The latest version of PD available in the Raspian
> repositories is v0.46.2. Maybe I should install v0.47, but where can I find
> it for the RPi?

in the mailinglist archives :-)
anyhow, installing Pd-0.47 won't magically make more packages available
via the apt package manager.


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