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Re: music-font-encodings option

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: music-font-encodings option
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2023 13:34:06 +0000 (UTC)

>>> Essentially, this option switches between the `show` and `glyphshow`
>>> PostScript operators to access Emmentaler glyphs.  The former is
>>> considered the 'standard' method for accessing glyphs in a PS file
>>> (according to the GS developers); however, it needs properly set up
>>> encoding vectors (which can't exceed a size of 256 glyphs each).  The
>>> latter is slower, AFAIK, and apparently not as well supported with GS
>>> (at least, we filed some bug reports, IIRC).
>> Thanks, that helps. However, I still don't understand what impact on
>> size this makes. Do the two result in different PDF primitives?

Yes.  There is no equivalent to `glyphshow` in PDF.  For some comments
on that see, for example,

BTW, you get a bunch of LilyPond-related GhostScript bug reports if you
search for 'lilypond' in both open and closed bugs in its tracker at

Some of them are quite interesting to read and point to potential
deficiencies in LilyPond's font handling.


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