I did some experimentation and found that on Windows, if you put a link to an effect (file–which resides on some other drive) in the plug-ins folder, the plug-in fails to be installed. What happens on Mac and Linux?
See this forum thread for details on allowing said links:
and a patch which works for Windows.
this patch is functionally the same but is more ready for the time when plug-ins/ might have sub-folders
loadEffectLinks2.patch (4.84 KB)
I have been informed that on Mac Audacity is not “well behaved” when dealing with links (called aliases on Mac).
Look here for programming details to resolve the problem:
as I have done with Windows.
On Mac, you should be able to do this:
Copy the Audacity plug-ins folder to another drive
Delete the plug-ins folder from the Applications/Audacity1.3.14 directory (or wherever it was)
Right-click on the copy of the plug-ins folder on the other drive and select “Make alias”
– An alias to the plug-ins folder is created called “plug-ins alias” Copy the “plug-ins alias” “file” to the place where Audacity expects to find the plug-ins folder
Rename that copy to “plug-ins”.
On Mac, an “alias” is (as I understand it) similar to a Linux alias - it is a file that points to the real directory/file.
When I launch Audacity with the above changes I get a string of errors - e.g.
15:43:22: Failed to retrieve file times for ‘/Applications/Audacity 1.3.14 Oct 29/plug-ins/analyze.ny’ (error 20: Not a directory)
15:43:22: can’t open file ‘/Applications/Audacity 1.3.14 Oct 29/plug-ins/analyze.ny’ (error 20: Not a directory)
Now, this method works with all well-behaved Mac OS X applications. They recognize the alias file for what it is and read instead from the file/directory it points to. It appears that Audacity is not “well-behaved” in this regard.
The above applies only to plug-ins that are stored in the Audacity plug-ins folder. On Mac the following plug-ins have system locations for storing them, and Audacity searches those locations on start-up: Components (Audio Units), HAL, LADSPA, MAS, VST.
Those folder names can be found inside:
Hope this helps.
Links to effects work in Linux (tested on LMDE 201109)