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Re: [fluid-dev] Defining a standard directory for soundfonts Was: First

From: David Henningsson
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Defining a standard directory for soundfonts Was: First Try Failure
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:39:13 +0200
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On 09/06/2011 12:24 PM, Matt Giuca wrote:
That's a good idea. That way, you would be able to just type
'fluidsynth<midifile>' to play a song.

Can I also recommend having a standard environment variable
SOUNDFONTPATH or similar which contains a colon-separated (semicolon
on Windows) list of paths to search for soundfonts. That would be
which I can set in my .bashrc file to customise where I keep my
SoundFonts. This would be searched in addition to (and in preference
to) the default path.

Which distros use /usr/share/soundfonts/ to store the soundfonts?
Debian (or at least Ubuntu, so I assume Debian) uses

/usr/share/soundfonts/ was just my personal preference. I don't mind adhering to what Debian/Ubuntu currently does, although I vaguely recall that Fedora might have had a different path.

But I'm not completely sure about the SOUNDFONTPATH thing - how would that be used? Is that just to make people write foo.sf2 instead of /usr/share/soundfonts/foo.sf2? It still wouldn't give FluidSynth itself something to load as fallback.

// David

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