[PlanetCCRMA] Can't start Timidity

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Wed Jun 9 11:34:01 2004

> > On Tue, 2004-06-08 at 15:30, Tony Upton wrote:
> > > I recently found my way to Planet CCRMA, and after a lot of research
> > > on the Internet and trying various things I seem to have everything
> > > working beautifully...except for one thing. I can't seem to get
> > > Timidity to start at all. It won't start as a normal user or as root.
> >
> > How does it fail? Error messages?
> > Do you have the soundfont installed?
> >   rpm -q -a | grep timidity
> >
> The result of "rpm -q -a | grep timidity" is "timidity++-2.11.3-8". (I
> assume this is telling me the version of Timidity I have installed...I'm a
> Linux newbie, so please excuse my ignorance.) Timidity seems to work fine
> when I run it from a command line (which I have to admit I hadn't thought of
> trying earlier) - I was able to play MIDI files and convert them to wave
> files. I just can't seem to get Timidity to start from the "Sound & Video"
> menu in KDE, even after using Qsynth to load a soundfont. (Qsynth doesn't
> produce any errors as far as I can tell.)

Qsynth uses a different software synth (fluidsynth, not timidity). 

> It looks like Timidity tries to
> load for about a minute or so, then just quits trying without giving me any
> error message. As long as I can run Timidity from the command line, I should
> be able to do what I want to do with it.

Hmmm, I don't know what may be happening, I don't have a FC1 machine to
try it out right now. 

-- Fernando