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Re: Mac OS X LilyPond & Terminal install problems.

From: Valentin Villenave
Subject: Re: Mac OS X LilyPond & Terminal install problems.
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 17:40:24 +0200

2009/6/6 Kjell <address@hidden>:
> I attempted to follow instruction set C for LilyPond & Terminal install on Mac
> OS X Leopard. I've run into problems.
> So what's going on? Please assist.

Greetings, and sorry for the delay.

Porting LilyPond to Mac OS 10.5 has been really painful for the past
couple of years (we recently had a breakthrough, but it's not
officially implemented yet).

First of all, I hope you know how LilyPond works: all it does is take
a text file, written with a special syntax, and turn it into a music
score. So, basically, all you need is some kind of a text editor. We
(try to) ship one with LilyPond, but it's a very limited one; there
are much better editors out there, to begin with jEdit (which has a
special LilyPondTool plugin) and Smultron (which has native support
for coloring LilyPond code).

What I'd do is to follow the instructions on
either with Smultron or jEdit/LilyPondTool (Smultron is lighter, but
less powerful when it comes to LilyPond code).

I hope that you haven't been discouraged by this bad first experience
with LilyPond; once again, we're hoping to fix this Apple
compatibility problem very soon.


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