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Is posisble check if some process is running?

October 19, 2010 | 1:49 pm

Is possible form max know if osme process is running?
Im working on mac.

Best regards.

October 19, 2010 | 2:13 pm

You need the shell external. Send a command like ps -x | grep -v grep | grep Mail will return something if Mail is running.


October 19, 2010 | 2:18 pm

Thakyou, very usefull answer : )
Im researching now, i never work with externals, ahve to check how use external on max.

The only way is using external?

Thankyou !

October 19, 2010 | 2:35 pm

Shell external not download, aparently dowload link is broken:

Some other way to see if process is running?

Bets regards.

October 19, 2010 | 3:25 pm

Please sorry for all questions, but how install and use external on max?
Im really fascinated with max, but the doscumentation no is really clear.

October 19, 2010 | 3:57 pm

Hello Larsen187,

to use an external, just type is name in a new object box : f.e. [shell] ;

be sure that the mxo/mxe file is in your maxMSP searchpath ;
to do that : menu / "Options" / "File preferences…" ;

you should create a "toto_external" folder in which you put all ThirdPersonExternals and add this folder using the "+" button of the "File preferences…" window ;

IMHO keep natives maxMSP folders as clean as you can …


October 19, 2010 | 4:34 pm

i think i have working have to learn more lol : )

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