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Re: Cairo plans

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: Cairo plans
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 21:52:09 +0200

On Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 8:33 PM Kevin Barry <> wrote:
> > This use case continues to be supported with
> > Cairo. Just convert \postscript to \path, wich
> > works both in the current PS backend and with Cairo.
> Is this something that can be done automatically with convert-ly? If
> not then does it justify a major version bump?

Postscript is a turing-complete, full fledged programming language.
Specific (and common) use-cases like drawing paths can be converted
(by hand!), but for a general solution, you'd have to run the command
through Ghostscript, dumping to PDF and then somehow translate the PDF
back in to lilypond commands. It's not completely impossible, but a
lot of work.

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