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Re: can't open lilypond

From: address@hidden
Subject: Re: can't open lilypond
Date: Wed, 1 May 2013 06:10:46 +0000 (GMT)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Candela" <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden
Sent: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3:26:01 AM
Subject: can't open lilypond

Hi! I've just installed Lilypond, but it hasn't appeared in my menu, and
when I try to open it from terminal, this shows up:

GNU LilyPond 2.14.2
Usage: lilypond [OPTION]... FILE...

Typeset music and/or produce MIDI from FILE.

LilyPond produces beautiful music notation.
For more information, see http://lilypond.org

  -d, --define-default=SYM[=VAL]      set Scheme option SYM to VAL (default:
                                        Use -dhelp for help.
  -e, --evaluate=EXPR                 evaluate scheme code
  -f, --formats=FORMATs               dump FORMAT,...  Also as separate options:
      --pdf                           generate PDF (default)
      --png                           generate PNG
      --ps                            generate PostScript
  -h, --help                          show this help and exit
  -H, --header=FIELD                  dump header field FIELD to file
                                        named BASENAME.FIELD
  -I, --include=DIR                   add DIR to search path
  -i, --init=FILE                     use FILE as init file
  -j, --jail=USER, GROUP, JAIL, DIR   chroot to JAIL, become USER:GROUP
                                        and cd into DIR
  -o, --output=FILE                   write output to FILE (suffix will be
      --relocate                      relocate using directory of lilypond
  -v, --version                       show version number and exit
  -V, --verbose                       be verbose
  -w, --warranty                      show warranty and copyright

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What should I do?
Thank you very much in advance!

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The first thing I would suggest is to update your LilyPond to 2.16.2 as that is 
the latest stable version.  The above output indicates that all is well with 
your current LilyPond installation.  Be aware that LilyPond is *not* an 
interactive program like Finale/Sibelius.  You prepare a text file for LilyPond 
to "digest" for outputting, ususally, a PDF.  Start with this:


There are also GUI front ends available such as Frescobaldi which may be to 
your liking.



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