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Re: LilyPond 2.23.8 released

From: Carl Sorensen
Subject: Re: LilyPond 2.23.8 released
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:02:54 -0600

On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 7:31 AM Freeman Gilmore <>

> On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 9:04 AM Tim's Bitstream <>
> wrote:
>> On Apr 26, 2022, at 9:32 PM, Freeman Gilmore <>
>> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 7:58 PM David Kastrup <> wrote:
>>> Freeman Gilmore <> writes:
>>> > On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 3:50 PM David Kastrup <> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >>
>>> >> We are happy to announce the release of LilyPond 2.23.8. This is
>>> termed
>>> >> a development release, but these are usually reliable. If you want to
>>> >> use the current stable version of LilyPond, we recommend using the
>>> >> 2.22.2 version.
>>> >>
>>> >> In this release, dropping Guile 1.8 support has finally become
>>> possible
>>> >> also for our sources. We'd like to dedicate this release to Ian Hulin
>>> >> who was one of the first systematically working on our numerous
>>> >> roadblocks for Guile 2 migration after tackling a few other high-level
>>> >> problems. In the time spans where his health permitted it, he was able
>>> >> to significantly reduce the amount of remaining problems for the
>>> Guile 2
>>> >> migration after having started working on them in 2010, making the
>>> goal
>>> >> that we finally reached now more tangible for others to work on after
>>> he
>>> >> left us in 2015.
>>> >>
>>> >> --
>>> >> David Kastrup
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> > Is there going to be a non binary version for windows coming soon?
>>> The source code is the same independent of operating system, so you
>>> apparently don't mean "source code" when you say "non binary".  What
>>> would your expectations of a "non binary version for windows" be?
>>> --
>>> David Kastrup
>> Ok i see it now, but this was my problem.   I know that the source code  
>> (binary)
>> is usually the same for all but I have never worked with source code
>> for LilyPond so when I read this, "Documentation writers and testers
>> will generally want to download the latest binary:" with 5 binaries
>> listed below,   *Note, the colon should be a period;* and make it look
>> like it is not the header for a listing.   I may not b the only dummy out
>> there!.
>> Thank you, ƒg
>> This sounds like a conversation at cross purposes.
>> If you want to compile your own binary from source code, download the
>> source code and follow the instructions that you will find in the directory
>> (folder in Mac terms, don't know which language Windows uses).
>> If you just want to install a working application, then download and
>> install the appropriate one of the precompiled ones from that list.  This
>> is what I do because it is just a lot simpler.    I haven't compiled from
>> source in years since somebody else volunteers to do that for use with my
>> system.
>> Linguistically the colon looks fine to me, since it indicates "use one of
>> the following:"
> One of the following  binaries.   Sorry, that is the way I read it.
>  I understand what is meant now.   But if you do not have a clue what a
> binary is then My understanding of english is the header indicates that
> there are 5 binaries.    It is not my website so leave it as it is.    It
> has what I am looking for now that I am clear that Lilyond one binaries
> for all.   Like you, i am not interested i  the binaries.

LilyPond does *not* have one binary for all.  It has one source code for

I think that there can be a bit of confusion here due to the fact that two
elements in the list aren't binaries.  There are three binaries: GNU/Linux
x86_64, macOS x86_64, and Windows x86_64.  Then there are two other links:
Source code and instructions for building with MacPorts.  Perhaps we could
separate the binaries from the other links.  That's what we do on the
stable download page.



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