Long Delete Times

Running Audacity 2.0.3 on Mac OSX 10.8.3 No problems, but one huge annoyance. After exporting a portion of a file as mp3 I delete that portion. Today that delete takes over one minute to finish. Most often it is around 15 to 20 seconds. All too infrequently it is almost instantaneous. I’ve tried closing every other running program to no avail. I’ve tried clearing the undelete history in Audacity to no avail. I’m out of ideas.

Thanks for the comments.

This is known about assuming these are long files. See “In projects containing an hour or more of total audio” in the Release Notes .

There are a number of causes all of which are time-intensive to fix.

If the imported file is WAV or AIFF, does setting Import / Export Preferences to “Read uncompressed audio files directly from the original (faster)” help?

Where is the Audacity temporary directory? See the Directories Preferences for the location. Having the temp directory on a slower external drive will slow Audacity down.


HA! There’s the problem! I have 8 to 12 hours of recorded music. Breaking the one big file into smaller files of about 1 to 2 hours speeds things up immeasurably. I think I’ll read those release notes. Sorry for the bother….