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Re: lilypond-book is not flavor independent

From: James E. Bailey
Subject: Re: lilypond-book is not flavor independent
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 18:13:52 +0100

Am 28.03.2009 um 16:30 schrieb Cláudia Soares:

On 2009/03/28, at 14:59, Graham Percival wrote:

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 02:47:43PM +0000, Cláudia Soares wrote:

I'd quite like it to work easily on OSX, although I think that
convert-ly is much more important than lilypond-book -- any OSX
user who uses LaTeX will have no problem manually changing the
I don't really agree with you on this. There are some people using lilypond-book and latex that are not programmers (and are not interested in being one). At least not enough to pass ahead the scheme that we normally use in lilypond. Lilypond language is just like latex!

And you have to know lots of programming things to get to the shebang. The error message just complaints of your python version. What to do then?
1- Give up and run Sibelius
2- Google for something like 'python for mac'

After (2) you manage to find http://wiki.python.org/moin/MacPython/ PythonDistributionsForMac
 and you might even find the right download for your system.

When you try to run LPB again you get... the same error!!
you think that the thing doesn't work or you could not install the python-thingy correctly. What to do?
1- Give up and run Sibelius
2- Call your computer guy/girl  friend
3- oh! you are computer guy/girl! cool!
If you know anything of scripting you'll try to open file that's running.
    you look at the file. It's python.
If you have any experience with shell scripting and you happen to look at the shebang, you've got it! Now, you just have to chenge it in every mac you've installed the damn thing...

The part of this that bothers me the most is that even after you install python 2.4, after you change convert-ly to have #!/usr/bin/ env python, when you open the LilyPond.app and try and run convert-ly on a file, it still fails. It was the most frustrating thing to realise that convert-ly only works in the terminal. So users who are not technically savvy, and manage to follow all of the instructions in the documentation for setting up convert-ly, are left in the end having spent hours trying to find, understand and execute the steps in order to not be able to use the program, and have no information as to how to use it.

James E. Bailey

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