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Re: Old English font for titles

From: Laura Conrad
Subject: Re: Old English font for titles
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:58:31 -0400
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>>>>> "Henning" == Henning Hraban Ramm <address@hidden> writes:

    Henning> Am 2011-04-09 um 17:32 schrieb Laura Conrad:
    >> 1.  How to tell lilypond how to use a particular font for titles.

    Henning> \header{
    Henning>  title = \markup{\override #'(font-name . "Old English") "Your 


    >> It 
    >> would be preferable to have a variable that I could set for all my
    >> files, so that saying:

    Henning> For my setup I redefined the whole titling, see bookTitleMarkup in 
    Henning> paper block:

I might end up deciphering this, but probably not this afternoon.

Does lilypond-book use the paper block?  I know it doesn't for lots of
stuff, like page size, which of course you want the publishing program
to control.

    >> 2. How to install an Old English like font onto my ubuntu 10.10 system
    >> that I can use the above trick on.  It looks like finding one should
    >> be easier than turning the file I have into something that
    >> current lilypond could make use of, but so far I haven't figured out
    >> how to do either one.  Can anyone help?

    Henning> Pango (LilyPond’s font library) should find every font that is
    Henning> installed "normally" in your system, so I guess your questions are:

    Henning> - Where do I find a suitable font?
    --> e.g. at or any other of these free font sites. Or buy
    Henning> one at or any other vendor.

Thanks. has several that look promising.  

    Henning> - How do I install a font on Ubuntu?
    --> copy it into /usr/share/fonts/truetype (or similar) or ~/.fonts
    --> it should also work to doubleclick that file and click "install"
    --> see e.g.

    Henning> You can also keep the font in the same directory as your
    Henning> lilypond score.

    Henning> - How do I refresh Pango’s font database?
    --> run fc-cache

    Henning> HTH

I'm sure it does.  But right now there's still a problem.  When I
put the title markup into my file, and run lilypond on it, lilypond is
fine, but then  when it tries to convert the .ps file to .pdf,
ghostscript says:

-dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -r1200 -sDEVICE=pdfwrite 
-sOutputFile=./five.pdf -c.setpdfwrite' failed (256)

When I try to look at the .ps file in ghostview, it just sits there with
its wheel spinning and doesn't show me anything.

This is true not only with the fonts I just downloaded, but with all the
other non-default fonts I've tried, such as Georgia and "Century

This is on lilypond 2.13.58.  On 2.12.3, it seems to work fine.  I guess
I should report this to bugs.

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