Bill Orcutt’s shell object: execute shell commands via this excellent Max object

Mac OSX (Intel, Fat 32/64-bit) + source code (for Max 6.1.0 and newer)
(last update: 13 March 2013)

old PPC/Intel 32-bit Universal Binary version remains available (for Max 6.0.x and older)
(last update: 15 August 2006)

December 29, 2010 | 4:54 pm

I was curious about this. Does this shell object allow me to interact with the terminal shell (the way pd shell does)?

July 11, 2013 | 11:43 am

sadly, "top" doesn’t work (anymore?) for the shell-external. Bug? Feature? ;)

July 15, 2013 | 1:46 am

Quickly examining the code after an absence of many years and with fresh eyes, it looks to me like this object needs some serious love. I’ll try to find some time to do a major rewrite in the coming weeks. ‘top’ is a special case because it’s an interactive command and not a simple "read" operation. But using some of the advanced technologies in the uci chess object, in particular pseudoterminals, it should be possible to support that and more. Let’s see how it goes.

July 31, 2013 | 10:59 am

killall also doesn’t work

July 31, 2013 | 12:08 pm

seems that if i open ssh pi@ "omxplayer /home/pi/Desktop/pd_player/error/" for example then any other message wont work while clip is playing.. not only ssh -l pi "killall omxplayer.bin"

do i do something coplitely wrong here?

July 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

I’m sure this is the result of the general oldness and semi-awkwardness of some of this code. When I get a chance for a rewrite, I’ll post in the forum. Thanks!

July 31, 2013 | 12:49 pm

thanks… but seems that problem is between my ears.. if i open this command in terminal.. even then i cant kill it from the same window..
is there option to open 2 shell objects like 2 different terminal windows?

July 31, 2013 | 12:51 pm

Well… you could have 2 copies of the shell object. Or… you could put an ‘&’ at the end of your command to put it into the background on launch. Then shell won’t block for the next command. In theory, not tested.

July 31, 2013 | 12:55 pm

like in terminal.. there is this ttys002 and ttys001 system..

August 2, 2013 | 2:36 am

& didn’t work in practice.. but i did script where i ssh-d the player, waited a sec and killall ssh.. after that you can stop the movie! works!! keep up good work!

April 25, 2014 | 4:32 pm

Could you pls post a help file for your shell mxo file? Thanks.

December 2, 2014 | 11:43 pm

Hi Jeremy,
Thank you for the fantastic object, it works fine except that I have an issue with pstoedit ( the command for running that via Mac terminal is: pstoedit -f hpgl ~/Documents/test.pdf > ~/Documents/output1.hpgl But when I try doing this with shell it outputs an empty .hpgl file, is there anyway I can fix that?

Thank you

March 27, 2015 | 2:35 am

is the shell object available for windows7?

November 14, 2015 | 5:57 am

Hello Jeremy,

Sorry for my English

I need to do a command « minimize patch » in Max Msp
I look and I do not find in Max
I think it’s possible to command « minimize patch » with object shell
But I don’t understand script message for shell?

can you help me?

Best Regard
Serge from Paris

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November 15, 2015 | 4:44 am

Serge, this should do it. You may have to adjust your accessibility settings to allow Max to control your system.

All the best to you and everyone in Paris, brother.

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November 15, 2015 | 5:12 am

Whoops.. the above patch minimizes all open windows. Here is the script to minimize the current active window.

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November 15, 2015 | 10:06 am

Thank you MetaMax!
all is OK! It is great!
Thank you for Paris, the life is strong

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