[PD] how-do-i-install-externals-and-help-files page (was Re: Linux Global folder for externals)

zmoelnig at iem.at zmoelnig at iem.at
Wed Mar 1 23:27:59 CET 2017

On 03/01/2017 09:31 PM, Alexandre Torres Porres wrote:
> BTW, what you're calling package manager is the application specific folder

no not really (well, half-true).

the application-specific folder can be a number of things.
it will only be /usr/lib/pd/extra, if Pd is installed into /usr (that is
/usr/bin and /usr/lib/, as opposed to e.g. /usr/local/{bin/lib}).

it get's even more complicated, when dealing with different flavours of Pd.
the original draft [1] we came up with, which would allow (binary)
compatible Pd-flavours to co-exist and share the same package-manager
installed libraries was:
Debian's "puredata" package's application specific folder is
/usr/lib/puredata/extra, but it *also* searches /usr/lib/pd/extra.
the former is meant for binaries that are not "compatible" with other
flavours. the latter would be searched by flavours like Pd-extended.
with the demise of PdX this has become somewhat obsolet (with current
Pd-flavours like Pd-l2ork actively refusing any notion of compatibility,
and rather investing time into re-packaging everything from scratch),
but there you go.


[1]  https://lists.puredata.info/pipermail/pd-dev/2010-06/015407.html

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