TouchDesigner is a hierarchy of components. "Root" is the top-most network in the hierarchy. The Network Path or Path for root is simply
/. A typical path is
Normally you work in components under
/, like in
/project1, but you can put all you want in
Root also contains
/local, which contains things line MIDI settings, Layout, python modules that are accessible from anywhere, and Variables.
/local is saved intact in the
.toe file, and is reloaded from the
.toe on restart. Parts of
/local are controlled via dialogs like the MIDI mapper, but given a lot of
/local is text files and tables, most things can be edited manually by the user.
Other things that are commonly put in Root:
- startup scripts (use Execute DAT)
- Window Components to manage outputs to monitors
- Audio Device Out CHOPs to output to audio devices from one place, if that is desired.
- common libraries, components and scripts that you want to be accessible to all your parts of your project.
Root is actually a Base COMP. See if you can find a way to display its parameter dialog! There are at least two ways.
For this reason, it is better to do most of your work in components like
/project1, which makes the component exportable and share-able via RMB->Save Component....
/sys are not saved in the
.toe. They are reloaded when TouchDesigner starts. You can look inside
/sys, but there is not much use in changing it.