makecsd(1) Creates a CSD file from the specified input files. .


Creates a CSD file from the specified input files. The first input file that has a .orc extension (case is not significant) is put to the <CsInstruments> section, and the first input file that has a .sco extension becomes <CsScore>. Any remaining files are Base64 encoded and added as <CsFileB> tags. An empty <CsOptions> section is always added.

Some text filtering is performed on the orchestra and score file:

• newlines are converted to the native format of the system on which makecsd is being run.

• blank lines are removed from the beginning and end of files.

• any trailing whitespace is removed from the end of lines.

• optionally, tabs can be expanded to spaces with an user specified tabstop size.


makecsd [OPTIONS ... ] infile1 [ infile2 [ ... ]]



• - t n = expand tabs to spaces using tabstop size n (default: disabled). This applies only to the orchestra and score file.

• - w n = set Base64 line width to n (default: 72). Note: the orchestra and score are not wrapped.

• - o fname = output file name (default: stdout)


    makecsd -t 6 -w 78 -o file.csd file.mid file.orc file.sco sample.aif

This creates a CSD from file.orc and file.sco (tabs are expanded to spaces assuming a tabstop size of 6 characters), and file.mid and sample.aif are added as <CsFileB> tags containing Base64 encoded data with a line width of 78 characters. The output file is file.csd.


Author: Istvan Varga

Jan 2003


Barry Vercoe
MIT Media Lab


Dan Ellis
MIT Media Lab,