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Re: Absolute Beginner Question: Error messages

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Absolute Beginner Question: Error messages
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 10:39:11 +0100
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The getting started instructions you found on the web page
are for version 2.4.x of LilyPond. Since you installed an
earlier version, the syntax should be a bit different.
Please read the tutorial for your version, to find examples
that are relevant for you.


Jim Griffith wrote:
Hello list,

This is the most basic of questions. I have little if any experience with Unix (I barely recall command line DOS) but I am a quick learner. I have successfully (I believe) installed Lilypond on my Mac G5 running X11. The installation was via Fink. I followed the instructions to the letter.

I created a file, per the instructions on the site, for The file contains the following

    { c'4 e' g' }

Saved it as Western ASCII on my desktop
Opened a terminal window and typed: lilypond test

This happens:

    Jim-Griffiths-Computer:~/desktop Griff$ lilypond test
    lilypond (GNU LilyPond) 2.2.5
    Running lilypond-bin...
    Now processing `'

    /Users/Griff/Desktop/ error: parse error:
      c'4 e' g' }

    /Users/Griff/Desktop/ warning: Braces don't match:
    { c'4 e'
             g' }
    Failed files:

    lilypond: error: LilyPond failed on input file test (exit status 1)
    lilypond: warning: Running LilyPond failed. Rerun with --verbose for
    a trace.

I am totally flummoxed. Tried retyping it and nothing seems to work. I typed the string exactly as shown on the Lilypond web page (didn’t I?).

Thank you in advance for the benefit of your expertise.


Jim Griffith


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