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Hi and request for help integrating Frescobaldi in texworks

Postby dodgyg1 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:25 pm

Hi guys,

I am a sixty year old newbie from Coventry UK slowly getting my head around Texworks. I am very impressed with the power of Tex. I have successfully managed to get my first lot of code in Texworks to compile and it's looking good. I also have some code in Frescobaldi that works. I now need to get my lilypond code from Frescobaldi to integrate within my Texworks code.

This is what I tried within Texworks.

  1. \documementclass{article}
  2. \usepackage(lilypond}
  3. \begin{document}
  5. \begin{lilypond}
  7. \end{lilypond}
  8. \end{document}

The compiler throws up the error message relating to the second line above
  1. ! LaTeX Error: File lilypond.sty not found

I have spent hours on the internet trying to find out what's going wrong to no avail. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in anticipation.

Best regards,

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Postby Johannes_B » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:16 pm

The package file is missing from your system, i guess you have a basic MikTeX installed. You can use your distributions package manager to istall missing packages. Miktex can install those on the fly as well.

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Postby dodgyg1 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:38 pm

Thanks Johannes_B for your reply. I guessed that might have been the problem. I had assumed that lilypond was on the system to be able to run Frescobaldi but that Tex was not pointing to the file. I am still baffled as to how to get Tex to see the file. I am running ubuntu 13.10 as my operating system.

I did find these lines of code on the internet with reference to the missing lilypond.sty file but there was no indication of where or how it should be used. I have entered it in my code but it is just throwing up all kinds of errors.

  1. \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
  2. \ProvidesPackage{lilypond}
  4. \RequirePackage{xkeyval}
  5. \RequirePackage{graphicx}
  7. \newlength{\lilypond@staffsize}
  8. \newlength{\lilypond@betweensystemspace}
  9. \setlength{\lilypond@betweensystemspace}{20mm}
  10. \DeclareOptionX{staffsize}[0]{\setlength{\lilypond@staffsize}{#1pt}}
  11. \DeclareOptionX{between-system-space}[20]{%
  12. \setlength{\lilypond@betweensystemspace}{#1mm}}
  13. \ProcessOptionsX
  15. \newcommand{\lilypondfile}[1]{%
  16. \newwrite\conffile
  17. \immediate\openout\conffile\jobname.lil
  18. \immediate\write\conffile{[General]}
  19. \immediate\write\conffile{filename:}
  20. \immediate\write\conffile{columnwidth: \the\columnwidth}
  21. \immediate\write\conffile{}
  22. \immediate\write\conffile{[Options]}
  23. \immediate\write\conffile{staffsize: \the\lilypond@staffsize}
  24. \immediate\write%
  25. \conffile{between-system-space: \the\lilypond@betweensystemspace}
  26. \immediate\closeout\conffile
  27. \par
  28. \IfFileExists{#1.eps}{\noindent\includegraphics{#1}}{}
  29. \par
  30. }

I hope there is someone out there who can make sense of this code and maybe explain to me what is going on. I am assuming that this code should all go in my preamble before the \begin{document} code??

Best regards,


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Postby hugovdberg » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:52 pm

I don't have any experience using lilypond, but these two pages seem to me to provide all info you need to compile lilypond files using ubuntu: ... ian-linux/

These pages never mention using a package called lilypond.sty, but I guess you found this .sty file on github. If you want to use this package you need to save it in a place where latex can find it, a great manual for this is on
Ubuntu 13.10 + Tex Live 2013 + Texmaker / Windows 7 Pro + MikTex 2.9 + TexnicCenter / Android 4.3 + TexPortal + DroidEdit

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