Paths of Operators & Networks

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Many operations in TouchDesigner are path-based. For example, the network path located in the pane bar where you may see something like /project1 represents a path to your current workspace. Paths to operators can be represented as absolute paths, which include the entire address to an operator or network location. Paths can also be relative to your current network location.

Relative paths use a specific notation of ‘.’ and ‘/’. If a path to a TOP is ./null_final/ – in plain english we could read that as, the operator inside called null_final. In this case ./ means that the target operator is inside. A relative may also use the notation ../ which points up one level in a path. A relative path depends on its network location, and if the operator (the one using the relative path, or the target OP) is moved, the path is likely to break.

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