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Re: How to Debug Parse Errors

From: Richard Grubb
Subject: Re: How to Debug Parse Errors
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 16:23:08 -0600

I actually used the "Save" or "Save As" menu in IE5 to save the example files.

Running "less" shows the only "non-printable" characters are a bunch of ^M (Which are end-of-line characters; Unix or Mac, I would have to look up which it is) and one <8A> in the Mutopia header for the title (an "a" with some accent mark in Standchen).

On Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at 04:07 PM, Erik Sandberg wrote:

On Tuesday 03 December 2002 21.58, Richard Grubb wrote:
I am new to Lilypond. I have 1.6.0 running on MacOSX 10.1.5. I can
create .ly files from descriptions in the tutorial and run them through
ly2dvi, but have not been able to run the first two examples I saved
from the website. When I run ly2dvi -P, I get
the following output:

error: parse error, unexpected $, expecting STRING or '}'

That one occurs to me too, sometimes. The problem is probably that you copied
the file through the clipboard or something, and some of the spaces are
actually some other kind of character which Lilypond treats as an illegal character (you can see that the characters are distinct from spaces if you
run "less").

A solution is to replace all those spaces with normal spaces.


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