[PlanetCCRMA] Apt log? & Ongoing lack of GUI for TiMidity

nigel henry cave.dnb@tiscali.fr
Fri Mar 18 09:49:01 2005

Hi folks. Easy one first. Is there supposed to be a log file for apt, like 
there is for yum in /var/log?  The apt archives cache isn't much use for time 
and date logged updates. 

TiMidity++ version 2.11.3  on FC2, Kernel version 2.6.10-0.2.rdt.rhfc2.ccrma 
and later ones. Alsa version 1.0.8
Kmidi works fine on FC1 as a front end for TiMidity. KDE having dropped Kmidi 
from FC2 seem to have put an end to using TiMidity as a stand alone midi 
player. Trying to start it on the CLI just brings up an info page. Double 
clicking on it in /usr/bin does nothing, as against other binaries with known 
GUI's, games etc. Using the -ig option on the CLI says "Interface g not 
compiled in" , so on the face of it, it looks like theres no inbuilt GUI for 
it. MDK10.0 uses TiMidity++-2.12.0-0.pre1.4mdk. This has a nice little piano 
desktop icon and opens up a midi player, which seems to work in the same way 
as Kmidi did. Sourceforges site now shipping TiMidity++ version 2.13, shows a 
screenshot for it. A bit confusing as further down their page there is a link 
to a Japanese site for a script to make a GUI for it, see. 
http://wids.net/lab/timidity.html . A lot of it is in Japanese but clicking 
on Changelog version 0.6.2 appears to show the script. It would be nice to 
resolve this problem, as at the moment FC2 doesn't seem to have a standalone 
midi player with a GUI.  I have no experience at all up to now with working 
with scripts, and rebuilding the kernel is another one on the list. But if 
anyone would help me with the script on the Japanese site, I'm game for it. 

Incidentally, the sourceforge page that shows the screenshot is accessible 
from the  TiMidity home page link on the planetccrma music software page.