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lilypond & wikipedia

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: lilypond & wikipedia
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:26:02 +0100 (CET)

There's an interesting discussion (since five years!) why lilypond
can't be integrated into wikipedia yet:

A resumé of the discussion is this last comment (from about a week

  We want LilyPond to be as safe to call as, say, ImageMagick (or
  ABC!).  If it's configured correctly, we should be guaranteed that
  it will terminate in a reasonably short amount of time while using a
  reasonably small amount of memory/disk/network/etc.  I think this is
  a clear enough requirement to relay.  Alternatively, if LilyPond
  devs won't do this, someone could write a preprocessing sanitizer of
  some kind like we have for LaTeX, as long as it achieves the same

Tim Starling, one of the main wikipeda software developers,  says:

  My understanding is that

  a) safe mode is not secure, being trivially DoS-able by short
     infinite loop scripts
  b) safe mode will not work for many of the free scores available on
     the web

  The problems with LilyPond are sufficiently severe that I have, from
  time to time, researched alternative music renderers such as
  Philip's Music Writer that don't have an embedded scripting

Anyone who can shed more light on the raised issues?


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