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MaxMSP search paths

December 22, 2007 | 9:59 am

While MaxMSP checks through its search paths, what does it do when it encounters an alias (shortcut)?


December 24, 2007 | 7:53 am

Something I’ve wondered too, but never bothered to actually check until I read your post. As far as I can tell, Max evaluates aliases it encounters in the search path just as if the aliased file or folder was actually within the Max search path.


December 24, 2007 | 7:57 am

For some reason the forums aren’t letting me edit my previous message, just thought I’d add that I tested this on Max/MSP 4.6.3 on OSX 10.4.11. Don’t know if the windows version will behave the same, hope so :)


December 26, 2007 | 8:17 pm

Depends upon the circumstances.

Several years ago I documented the circumstances in which Max resolved HFS aliases and in which it did not resolve aliases. A quick Google only turns up a different message in which I complained that the Extras menu doesn’t resolve aliases.

Of the top of my head: aliases to folders in the Search Path are resolved and added to the Search Path. That’s about all. Aliases to objects are not resolved, folder aliases in Extras|Clippings|Inspectors are not resolved, aliases to startup items are not resolved. Etc.

I still find it very frustrating that Max is inconsistent in its handling of Aliases, but I suppose we should be grateful for what we get.-(

You may want to read DDZ’s response to the issue at < http://www.cycling74.com/forums/index.php?t=msg&goto=45987>. That will also give you a hint about the Windows side of your question.


January 1, 2013 | 9:42 pm

Bummer — I was hoping I could just throw an alias to a patcher into Extras.


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