OSX: Plugin scanning process: I don't understand.
Why is Unify - standalone app scanning ALL my plugins again (be it AU, VST2 or vST3), when i do:
"scan for new or updated ..plugins"
I would assume this functionality scans ONLY plugins which i have installed after a last plugin scan.
Yeah, i get that, but also the ones that were already scanned in a previous scan: "why ?" was my question.
The PlugScanner program must enumerate all plug-in files in the selected folders, to guarantee that it does not miss any which have been added or removed. As it does this, it displays the plug-in name, and checks to see if it is already in the known-plug-ins list. If so, it moves on and the plug-in name is displayed only briefly. If the plug-in is not already on the list (or IS on the list, but the version number or file-creation date has changed), it will actually "scan" it, i.e., attempt to load it and check basic aspects like number of inputs/outputs.
So, every time PlugScanner starts (or re-starts), it will zip through all previously-scanned plug-ins very quickly, slowing down only when it comes to those it hasn't seen before. If you have a great many plug-ins, even re-scanning if NOTHING has changed will take a minute or two, because the scanner must at least visit every file (even if it does not load it).
Thank you very much for this detailed explanation of the plugin scan process.
Totally clear to me now !