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Saving data with patch

May 24 2010 | 2:49 pm

I’d like to save some datas of an ui external (essentially a dynamic array of longs) with the patcher, so that they are automatically restored on reload.
It should be the same thing as preserving values on copy/paste, so I’ve seen the thread where emmanuel suggested to add a method

void yourobject_jsave(t_yourobject *x, t_dictionary *d){
dictionary_appendlong(d, gensym("hey"), 74);

I did it: the method is correctly called, but still the message "hey" with argument 74 is never executed, neither on pasting, nor on reloading. (obviously i’ve also created a "hey" method, A_LONG – but it is never evaluated).

Shouldn’t the "hey 74" be parsed automatically at the object initialization with attr_dictionary_process(x, d)? Am I wrong in some part of the process?

Thanks a lot,
Daniele Ghisi

Jul 23 2010 | 12:25 pm


Is your object a UI object?


Jul 23 2010 | 4:27 pm

The jsave method only works for ui objects, so that’s why it did not work for you.

For non-ui objects you should instead use the appendtodictionary method. In your class definition:

class_addmethod(c, (method)myobj_appendtodictionary,	"appendtodictionary", A_CANT, 0);

Then you can implement the method like this:

void myobj_appendtodictionary(t_myobj *x, t_dictionary *bd)
	// bd is a dictionary for our object that is going to be stored in the patcher
	// we can append data to the dictionary using the usual dictionary methods

	t_atom a[2];

	atom_setlong(a+0, 1234);
	atom_setsym(a+1, gensym("foo"));

	dictionary_appendatoms(bd, gensym("my_data"), 2, a);

To restore the data when the patcher is opened (and your object is created, you can get the dictionary for your object in the new method using the #D symbol like this:

t_dictionary *d = (t_dictionary *)gensym("#D")->s_thing;
	if (d)
		// do something with the dictionary, like get the atoms associated with the "my_data" key


Jan 06 2011 | 6:42 pm

Hey, hopefully this isn’t too old but what if I want something like appendtodictionary above, but the name of the dictionary is specified by an argument to the object like a buffer? Therefore if I have multiple instantiations of the object, they each can use their own database…


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