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Re: my favorite bug :-)

From: D'Arcy J.M. Cain
Subject: Re: my favorite bug :-)
Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 08:28:17 -0400

On Fri, 1 May 2015 12:48:52 +0200 (CEST)
Martin Tarenskeen <address@hidden> wrote:
> In this case, as an intermediate file "example.ps" is used. This is a 
> problem if a file named "example.ps" already exists in my working 
> directory. This file is brutally overwritten and deleted when I run 
> lilypond without any warning or option to cancel, nor is a backup
> copy of the old file made.

Exactly the behaviour that I want.  When I work on manuscripts the .pdf
(as well as the .midi) are objects.  The .ly is the only source.  Just
like compiling .c files, I don't want a warning every time it is going
to overwrite a .o file.

> If the intermediate file would be given a unique, not already
> existing, temporary filename, not only this issue would be solved but

Solved for some, problem for others.  I don't want to have to guess
what my final manuscript is named.  If I start with example.ly I know
that example.pdf is my target.  Scripts can deal with that easily.

I use make for my charts.  Having to deal with guessing output file
names would be incredibly tricky if possible at all.

> also the original "lines.ly -> lines.ps -> lines.pdf" issue that
> started this thread would not be a problem anymore.

Different issue.

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