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Re: problems with long files

From: Joe Neeman
Subject: Re: problems with long files
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 21:04:07 +1000
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On Wednesday 02 May 2007 18:53, Geoffrey Hemion wrote:
> Joe Neeman wrote:
> > I recently discovered that the new page-breaking algorithm is slow when
> > there are many small scores. As a workaround, put
> > \paper {
> >   #(define page-breaking optimal-page-breaks)
> > }
> > at the top of the file.
> Thanks for the reply. I have tried your workaround. The calculation of
> the page-beaks now does proceed, although slowly. Then when it reaches
> the stage of laying out the ps file, everything gets stuck. I think the
> computer is getting lost in virtual memory. Yet I have 500MB, which is
> surely a normal amount which should be sufficient.

This seems to be a memory bloat issue rather than a page-breaking-is-slow 
issue, so I might let people who are more knowledgeable about lilypond's 
memory use step in here.

>     Well, I have seen that the Lilypond version 2.8.8 can easily be
> installed in the local directory, and with that, everything compiles in
> a couple of seconds with no fuss.

Yes, I can confirm that 2.10 (and 2.11) seem to use a significant amount more 
memory than 2.8.

>     I don't know how these discussion groups work. Will this answer also
> appear? I had thought that I was emailing directly to the Lilypond
> people. But certainly they should be told of this problem if they don't
> know it already.

No, you need to cc the email to address@hidden for it to appear on the 


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