Command line and Yoshimi. (fwd)

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Sat Dec 19 00:19:00 UTC 2015

Anyone here want to help out with this one?
I have explained why I cannot contribute more than sharing his needs with 
I am not sure who he speaks of with the coding talent either.
Still his heart is in the right place for someone.

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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:41:20 +0000
From: Will Godfrey <willgodfrey at>
To: linux-audio-user at,
     Karen Lewellen <klewellen at>
Subject: Command line and Yoshimi.

Hi Karen,

I hope you don't mind me dropping in unannounced.

I'm currently working on trying to make the Yoshimi soft-synth accessible to
people with sight problems.

In the current 'master' quite a lot of command line control is in place now, and
I've had a number of suggestions from F.Silvain.

There is a help menu ('?' or 'help') and various lists that can be paged.
Also, I'm placing quite a bit of emphasis on making the most used commands
possible to be abbreviated - sometimes down to just one letter.

For example:
"s p 2 pr 107" will set part number 2 to program number 107 from the
current instrument bank.

"l i" will list all the instruments in the current bank with their ID numbers.

I'm considering using capitals in the help lists so that people can tell what
the minimum abreviations are. Would you find that helpful? I'd also be grateful
for any ideas you might have.

I don't know if you have the ability to compile code yourself (F.Silvain does,
and does some coding too - which I find rather impressive). If you can, the
tarball can be fetched from:


Will J Godfrey
Say you have a poem and I have a tune.
Exchange them and we can both have a poem, a tune, and a song.

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