Fix for Audacity 2.1.1 not launching

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Fix for Audacity 2.1.1 not launching

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:10 am

On a few machines, Audacity 2.1.1 may fail to launch without any warning message or crash report appearing. Audacity will not be running in Activity Monitor.

If this problem occurs:

  1. Open Finder, use Go > Go to Folder and type:
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    ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/

  2. In that "audacity" folder, open the "audacity.cfg" file in TextEdit.

  3. If you see a line under "Directories" that looks like
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    TempDir=/tmp/audacity1.2-<your user name>
    delete that line and try launching Audacity again.

  4. Or you may try deleting audacity.cfg (note that this resets all your preferences).


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