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Re: page-limit-inter-system-space

From: Xavier Scheuer
Subject: Re: page-limit-inter-system-space
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2021 20:53:24 +0100

On Mon, 8 Feb 2021 at 19:28, Richard Shann <> wrote:
> In a multi-movement piece with each movement starting on a new page it
> happens by default that if one movement is very short it will be spread
> out to fill the page. This can be difficult to read as the systems are
> so far apart. I would like to tell LilyPond to limit the space between
> systems to avoid this (leaving blank space below the movement).
> I've come across page-limit-inter-system-space but can't find the
> documentation for it.
> I've been testing various values in the following code without success.
> 8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><
> \version "2.20.0"
> music = {\repeat unfold 30 c'' }
> \paper {
>          page-limit-inter-system-space = ##t
>          page-limit-inter-system-space-factor = #0.2
>        }
> \score {
>         \music
> }
> \pageBreak
> \score {
>         \music    
> }
> 8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><8><
> Can someone suggest how to make these two movements look the same on
> the page?


I do not find any mention of "page-limit-inter-system-space" in the documentation (in fact a search of this term on the whole website does not give any results!).
Where have you heard about it?

AFAICS in lilypond's code on gitlab this variable was introduced in a commit 13 years ago but removed 11 years ago...

In your case I would use different \bookpart with different \paper containing, or not, ragged(-last)-bottom.
See the whole section NR 4.1 Page layout


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