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Re: can't find file: `init.midi'

From: Lucas Gonze
Subject: Re: can't find file: `init.midi'
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 10:44:29 -0400

I suspected that would be the answer. In that case this is a bug report WRT documentation.

$> man lilypond
       LilyPond - manual page for LilyPond 1.6.7

       lilypond [OPTION]... FILE...

       Typeset music and or play MIDI from FILE

Having read the online documentation I wasn't under the impression that lilypond would play midi until I saw the above bit on the man page. And the man page is pretty well unambiguous about playing midi.

- Lucas

On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at 10:31 AM, Mats Bengtsson wrote:

What did you expect LilyPond to do? LilyPond is a program that
is very good at typesetting music but knows nothing about how to
play MIDI files. Note that LilyPond is one of these programs where
you have to read the tutorial to be able to do anything useful at


Lucas Gonze wrote:
Bug: lilypond is unable to play a midi file. The error report is "can't find file: `init.midi'"
bash-2.05a$ lilypond *.midi
GNU LilyPond 1.6.7
warning: can't find file: `init.midi'
warning: (search path: `/sw/share/lilypond/1.6.7/ps:/sw/share/lilypond/1.6.7/tfm:/sw/share/ lilypond/1.6.7/scm:/sw/share/lilypond/1.6.7/mf/out:/sw/share/ lilypond/ 1.6.7/afm:/sw/share/lilypond/1.6.7/ly:/sw/share/lilypond/ps:/sw/ share/ lilypond/tfm:/sw/share/lilypond/scm:/sw/share/lilypond/mf/out:/sw/ share/lilypond/afm:/sw/share/lilypond/ly:') Those appear to be warnings, not errors, but since no audio output is produced I assume they're the cause of the problem. There is no file named init.midi on my system.
This is OS X:
Darwin localhost 6.6 Darwin Kernel Version 6.6: Thu May 1 21:48:54 PDT 2003; root:xnu/xnu-344.34.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc
Lilypond version is 1.6.7.
Thanks in advance.
- Lucas Gonze
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