How do I set VST_Path on Kubuntu?

I’ve just been copying the .dll’s to usr/local/lib/vst, but I would rather have a path in my home folder (ie: /home/steven/plugins/vst), but I’m not sure how to set the environment variables…I’m fairly new to linux, but also fairly comforatable with it at this point.

Well, if I enter VST_PATH= in terminal, and then enter ardourvst, it works as expected…however, if I do it anyother way, it doesn’t??? wierd…

hi, i am on debian testing here, but kubuntu should not differ very much.
so this is what i have added at the end of the .bashrc file in my home directory:

export DSSI_PATH=/usr/local/lib/dssi/:/usr/lib/dssi/
export VST_PATH=/home/nowhiskey/vst/
export LADSPA_PATH=/usr/lib/ladspa/:/usr/local/lib/ladspa/

hope it helps!


p.s. i am just realizing that this is not fitting here, but it should be 4 lines all beginning with ‘export…’

it didn’t work for me :frowning:

not sure why…oh well, it’s not that big of a deal…


Log off your session, then login again. Run Ardour.

If the problem persists:

  • make sure to replace /home/nowhiskey/vst with your username.
  • locate dssi and ladspa libraries on your system, and change the paths accordingly.

Or if you want to see if it works without logging off, type those lines (or at least the VST_PATH variable) in a terminal and run ardourvst from this same termial. If it works, paste them in your $HOME/.bashrc file.

did you logout and back in again? or type . ~/.bashrc (though that can be dangerous depending on what you have in there. those variable settings are made when you login (or start a new shell). they don’t take effect by just putting them into that file.

I think I did, but I will recheck again…it could also be a permission issue…sometimes when I copy the .dlls off of my server, they don’t show up as executable files, then ardour won’t find them…

So, here is what I did…I added the VST_PATH to the quick launcher command, so the command to launch ardour looks like this:

VST_PATH=/home/{my name}/plugins/vst ardourvst

and it works fine now…

Thanks for all the help!