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Search paths & abstraction

January 4, 2010 | 4:42 pm

Hello all.

Once I complete a project, and include all the abstractions within the project folder, is it possible to set that patch to read those abstractions rather than the ones in my abstraction folder?

The reason is that once a project is finished, I often wish to re-use certain parts for the next project, but refine them in ways that I was unable to do whilst working on the original patch without dramatically altering it.

If I then change the abstraction in the next project, it may cause a lack of functionality in the old patch. I understand this could be solved by having different names for each refinement of the abstraction but I prefer to keep the same name and simply save older versions within the project they were used for.

Can anyone suggest any workarounds?

Thank you.


January 4, 2010 | 5:39 pm

I don’t think there is a specific order that max searches for files but I could be mistaken. I would suggest renaming the files slightly differently and keeping them in the same folder as your main patch with no duplicates elsewhere in the search path. You might also find [filepath] useful for temporarily adding locations to the search path.

lh


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