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Re: Chordmode breaks in 2.10 and 2.11

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: Chordmode breaks in 2.10 and 2.11
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 16:57:13 -0800
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Brett Duncan wrote:
Graham Percival wrote:

If I specify Postscript for the output, the resulting PS file will not open in Preview (nor for that matter in GraphicConverter, which reports the file as corrupt). However, the PS file *will* open in KGhostView and KPDF (both running in XDarwin) and appear to be fine.

This is normal.
In what sense? I can use Preview (and GraphicConverter) to open PS files that I had previously created with LP, it's only PS files I'm creating now that are problematic.

I don't know exactly what the deal is, but I've heard that lilypond .ps files (perhaps only since 2.10?) use some features of postscript that only very recent ghostscript versions can handle. The ghostscript that's built into Preview is too old. That's why we distribute ghostscript as part of the OSX app.

See the "notes for the OSX app" in the unstable docs; I changed them about a month ago. Follow those new instructors, and let me know if that improves things.

Went through that, but it made no difference.

Huh.  I'm afraid that I'm out of ideas, then.

However, I had wondered if there was a font issue - it occurred to me that the thing that is different about the chord names compared to other text on the page is they appear in a sans serif font - so I added

   \override ChordName #'font-family = #'roman

to my file... and now LP typesets the file without error!

So is the problem ghostscript or the sans serif font being used? And exactly which font is it, anyway?

I don't know... sorry, I've lost track of where this bug is at. Could you send me (or re-send if you have already) a minimal example of this problem? Hopefully I can get the same bug and then add it to the tracker.

- Graham

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