[PlanetCCRMA] Some planet-ccrma wishes for the new year

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Sat Jan 3 12:43:01 2004

> > Regretfully (as you comment below Re: macros) not all programs can be
> > started from menus easily as there are dependencies (ie: an app depends
> > on Jack being running). Some programs are nice and have a popup screen
> > that says what's wrong but others (most?) just print to standard error
> > and quit, so you don't see anything when running from a menu entry.
> > Andrea (Glorioso, of Agnula) had proposed a system to take care of these
> > problems... amazingly I still have that email as marked "to answer" and
> > never find the time to do it. Most probably feedback should be given to
> > the program authors about the inadequacies of just printing something to
> > the terminal and quitting :-)
> *cough* yeah, I can think of an app or two thats guilty of that - but its
> so prevelent, and occasionally the right thing, so maybe someone could
> write a wrapper that tees stderr, and if the program quits it could
> display the stderr messages in an X window then quit.
> It could even have a special case flag for testing if jack is running.

Yes, that's pretty much what Andrea was proposing (if I remember
correctly). As usual there are more ideas floating around than coders.
No surprise there. 

-- Fernando