Len White


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Find Shortest Path - How to make & use its adjacency array? Jan. 24, 2024, 10:24 p.m.

Trying to get a handle on this same topic.
It appears to me the adjacency array only adds to the existing geo edges rather than replacing?
I'm trying to limit paths going downhill by building the adjacency array by getting all neighbors of each point then filtering those for ones that only go uphill. So the adjacency array is subset of all neighbors of each point.
However, paths still snake down to lower y despite confirming that the adjacency array doesn't include any of those edges at each point. Is this not possible with this approach? Thx.

how to open "Houdini Console" in Mac version of Ho Dec. 6, 2023, 4:36 p.m.

For anyone that runs Houdini on Mac and gets similarly frustrated by lack of a console that can always stay on top for printf's and the like, there IS a solution.
Download iTerm2 [iterm2.com], then set up an Alias inside your /Users/username/.zshrc (aka ~/.zshrc) file like so:

alias houdini="/Applications/Houdini/Houdini20.0.506/Frameworks/Houdini.framework/Resources/bin/houdini"

Or whatever version you're running at the time.

Then follow these instructions I found:
One such feature with iTerm2 is the ability to configure a Hotkey Window setting on various iTerm2 profiles. iTerm2 -> Preferences -> Profile -> Keys tab -> Configure Hotkey Window button. Then set a hotkey to launch your Profile and make sure 'Pin hotkey window (stays open on loss of keyboard focus) is checked as well as 'Floating window'.
When you hit the hotkey it will launch iTerm2 and it will stay on top.

You MUST use the hotkey you set in that last step to open the terminal since it will make sure to keep the window on top.
Then type "houdini" and you should be launching whatever version you run (I'm on Indie). It should stay on top and receive all the console data from Houdini.

Extremely slow saves and plugin opening via OpenVPN Nov. 28, 2023, 10:56 a.m.

@romanus did you ever find a solution?
I just hit the same issue: Houdini takes >30min to save a 50MB file to a networked drive using Wireguard (VPN) remotely.
Copying the same file to the same location using Windows Explorer takes about 5 seconds.
It's only Houdini, from what I've seen. Very weird.

EDIT: Just tested with BUFFEREDSAVE = 1 and it helps immensely. >30min is now 30 seconds or so.