James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Sun Jan 9 00:39:06 GMT 2005

Bob Stia wrote:
> On Wednesday 05 January 2005 04:35, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>> Bob Stia wrote:
>>> Hello KDE people,
>>> I have never been able to play a midi file.  Now running SuSE 9.2
>>>  on a x86_64 platform. (new install, new hardware, KDE 3.3.2, via
>>>  on board sound chip)  I give this info because on the old system
>>>  (SuSE 8.2, KDE 3.2, and a Soundblaster card) I could not either.
>>> If I open Kmid in a terminal I get the message "no midi ports" 
>>> when I try to open the file.
>> The app KMID is a front end for MIDI HARDWARE.  If you don't have a
>>  hardware synthesizer, you can use KMIDI which is a KDE front end 
>> for TiMIIDIty, or you can use TiMIDIty directly.
> Hello James,
> Thanks for replying.  There is no such thing as Kmidi anymore.

Well, it isn't maintained anymore and isn't included in the current release.

> It has been merged into Kmid

Don't think so.  You can use ALSA to use TiMIDIty with KMID, but I don't 
recommend that to play MIDI files.

> in newer versions of KDE and has been discontinued.

If you don't have a copy of KMIDI, you will have to use TiMIDIty which
is what I said.  It is probably better to do that than use the
unmaintained KDE application.

> I can bring up Timidity graphically but there is no way that I can
> see to load a .mid file.
> Soooo, I guess that leaves me where I started.  If anyone can tell me
>  how to get Kmid working I would be very grateful.

So, your situation is that you can't get TiMIDIty to work.

You need a 'desktop' file: "/usr/share/applications/timidity.desktop". 
This is what I have:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/local/bin/timidity -ig
GenericName=MIDI Synthesizer
Name=TiMidity Synth


Other things are TiMIDIty configuration issues.

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