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Re: Can't open LY File

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Can't open LY File
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 20:23:54 +0200
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Please first try the instructions on how to get started at http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.11/Documentation/user/lilypond-learning/Compiling-a-file#Compiling-a-file (follow the Windows specific instructions) just to make sure that your installation is correct.

You mentioned that you had downloaded a LY file. Have you checked what
LilyPond version that file was written for (most LY files have a line
\version "...." that specifies the version)? If it wasn't written for
version 2.11.57 (or close to that version number), you cannot expect
it to work directly. However, you can read at http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.11/Documentation/user/lilypond-program/Updating-files-with-convert_002dly#Updating-files-with-convert_002dly
how to automatically update it to work with your version
(more detailed Windows instructions are found at


Quoting Roger Whitworth <address@hidden>:

I just installed 2.11.57-1 on my PC.  When I try to open the LY file I
downloaded nothing happens.  My operating system is Windows Vista.  Thank you
in advance for your help.


Roger Whitworth

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