Appears to be the machine’s warning that “There’s Something Wrong!”
Not all that helpful, but there are a number of hits for this error from people having their SSH fail. Do you log into the Mac from a remote location? I know that’s a stretch, but that does connect into that whole Permissions/Users thing.
You can have odd Audacity behavior by installing poorly made plugins. There are instances of that creating serious stability problems.
Do you use specialized plugins? We had one failure from someone who thought it was a terrific idea to load All The Plugins On Earth and Audacity went into the mud trying to deal with that.
This is where it turns out you’re both amateur radio operators and using the same Auto Morse Code plugin, for example.
Does it continue to work if you give your New and Improved User ADMIN privileges?
Why are you creating users with admin privileges? User accounts should have normal user privileges.
If you installed Audacity from an account that had admin privileges, then that is probably the cause of the problem.
If you read the thread Koz asked if Audacity would run from an alternate user with admin rights. I can confirm Audacity will run as a new user with or without admin privileges and also as a “guest” but not under my user login
Same answers for me as DickBower - nothing changed with my OS X between the time Audacity was launching and when it stopped - I used Audacity on a Friday afternoon - then shut down my Mac until the following Monday morning. - No updates, no installations, no system or preference changes - just logged in normally and discovered Audacity wouldn’t launch. -
In case it is useful, I did have an older version of Audacity installed at the same time as 2.3.3, and may have launched the older app before this started happening - but in the course of troubleshooting the 2.3.3 issue, I have since removed ALL versions and reinstalled only version 2.3.3 - but the problem persists - Audacity will only launch if I log in from another User Account (admin/standard/guest).
Right clicking the app from the dock, and selecting “Open” - (as suggested by steve) - nets the same results. So, it isn’t a Gatekeeper issue. Also the app technically isn’t “crashing,” it’s “exiting” - and since fully removing and reinstalling it doesn’t resolve the issue, I’d guess the problem lies with a corrupted preference file - or perhaps the code is calling for a reference to denied permission location? - Regardless, can somebody clue me in on where all of the little bits of the app are located? - I must have missed a file or two that needs to be deleted…
“audacity.cfg” is Audacity’s preferences.
“pluginregistry.cfg” holds plug-in registrations.
“pluginsettings.cfg” hold plug-in settings.
I would be tempted to save those files on a thumb drive. Air Gap Isolation. If Audacity comes back to life we have zero idea what caused the problem and zero idea where to start looking without access to those files.
Thanks for the quick reply - Unfortunately, I trashed the same files you suggested early on in my trouble shooting. - But I should be able to restore them, via Time Machine Backup, if that would be helpful…
Meanwhile, since clearing all of the Audacity files and reinstalling a fresh copy of the app several days ago, the Audacity folder (~/Library/Application Support/audacity/) has been pretty sparse - see the attached screenshot - It would seem that the app is exiting before creating the new pref files.
I’ve also attached the current cfg file - but, it too is pretty slim…
BTW - I am familiar with the differences between an admin and the root user - did you mean for me to activate the root?
Thanks again, I’m grateful for the help! audacity.cfg (185 Bytes)
As to the Amazon Cloud Drive - it’s for off-site file storage for our security camera. Access is through a web browser or via a syncing folder on my local drive. - I have a few other cloud based accounts (ie: dropbox, iCloud, etc…), but none of them are used for Audacity jobs.
In case it helps, I do have a slightly unusual setup for my admin account home folder - I have a Late 2013 Mac Pro (trashcan model) and the internal drive space (1TB) is too small for my needs - So, the OS and applications are all stored on the internal SSD - while my home folder, documents and data are located on an external 18TB Drobo Drive. - I’ve had it that way since 2013 without issue - including many previous versions of Audacity.
I verified that I can recover the Audacity Preference files from before the problem began, via my Time Machine backup - would seeing that be helpful?
Audacity now reports error on attempted startup in 2.4.1 just installed. See attachment image. Can still run under another user (standard or admin) or guest. Is there a guide somewhere to completely uninstall audacity and all configuration settings etc as there must be something specific to me as original user?
Ok maybe I am a little nearer understanding problem but not solution.
I boot my mac from a SSD
My home user directory is on the hard disk where I store my data etc
My applications are automatically installed in applications folder on SSD whether logged in as myself or new user
When a new user is created, home folder is created on SSD
Running audacity as new user creates application support folder and plist file in new user home folder library folder (in application support and preferences)
Audacity runs normally
When I run audacity for the first time as myself, the audacity application support folder is created in my user home library folder (on the hard disk) but audacity then stops with “Audacity start up failure” The one file created is audacity.cfg with no session data nor plist file in preferences.
Installing audacity to applications folder on HD produces same crash.
So if audacity installed on boot disk with user home folder on same disk runs fine it seems.
If audacity installed on either boot disk with user home folder on different disk or installed on non-boot disk with user home folder on same disk, it fails to complete creation of audacity application support folder/contents and plist file.
I think DickBowyer is on the right track! - He and I have pretty much the same setup - except, I’m running Mojave, and he’s running Catalina… - But we’re having the same perplexing issue.
As I posted earlier, my internal 1TB SSD is my boot drive and where my Apps are stored. My Primary User Home Folder and documents are located on an external thunderbolt drive (Drobo). -
• If I create a User on the SSD and log into it, Audacity runs like a champ.
• If I create a User on the external drive and log in, nada - Audacity refuses to launch.
• Fully removing Audacity and then reinstalling it into the external User’s “Application” folder, same crash.
This must be related to the home folder location, is it possible that the startup code for Audacity is calling on the boot root for something and encountering a permissions error?
Audacity is far too awesome for me to give up on it - Any help is appreciated!
Has this issue been solved? Just a heads up that I have the exact same problem in my setup running Mojave under the same conditions : two drive setup, apps/os on SSD, files on separate internal drive. Audacity will not open. I think this might need to be addressed in an update or maybe there is an easy workaround for dual drive users.