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XML to .ly and Lilypond, again

From: Leszek Wroński
Subject: XML to .ly and Lilypond, again
Date: Fri, 12 May 2017 11:14:53 +0200

Dear Guys,

I see a similar issue has been discussed recently, so apologies for
bringing it up again, but I want to highlight a different aspect of
it, at least I think I do -- sorry if I'm mistaken. My point is that
the .ly code converted from .xml does not compile simply under
lilypond (I'm using 2.19.48), and not just 'in Frescobaldi'.

Throughout the years my method of working has been the following:
1. Enter music in Finale, on Windows 7, via a MIDI keyboard
2. Export to MusicXML
3. Switch to Ubuntu Linux
3. Convert to .ly
4. Edit in Frescobaldi.

I haven't done the converting in a while; I've been editing some older
files. However, today I realised that my simple method is no longer
working. I arrived at this file: which
has at the header the following:

5. \header {
6.    encodingsoftware =
7.    "Finale 2012 for Windows"


and Lilypond itself, not just Frescobaldi, gives me this:

GNU LilyPond 2.19.48
Processing `'
Parsing... error: EOF found inside string

    " error: syntax error, unexpected end of input,
expecting \header

fatal error: failed files: ""

(Frescobaldi's message is similar.)

Even after removing the header altogether, the error just 'moves down
the file'. I am completely baffled by this. I looked at the file using
a Hex viewer and I see nothing wrong with it. My old files compile
correctly, so it seems something has to be wrong with the new file.

Am I making some stupid mistake? Could anyone offer some advice?

Best regards,


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