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Why can't objects be created?

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I get the message "... couldn't create" when I open a patch and there's a dashed line around my object!

If you get this error when opening a patch which you're pretty sure works otherwise (i.e. you've downloaded it from the internet or you created it in a previous PD session), then it's likely that there is an External Object which was available when the patch was created, but is not available now.

You can use the "Find last error" function under the "Find" menu to track down which objects did not create.

Pd will preserve the location and connections of an object which fails to create, but it will not function.

While most of the Pd Externals are available in the Pd-extended distribution, some are not, or require additional configuration of the "Path" and "Startup" settings. If the External is not available in Pd-extended, you may need to install it yourself.

this FAQ was originally published under the GPL at Pd's FLOSSmanual

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Why can't I create an object?
I get the message "... couldn't create" when I type an object's name and there's a dashed line around my object!
by IOhannes last modified 2008-05-07 10:26 AM

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