Missing Block Data found in temp folder - how to recover?


I am trying to recover three projects that got missing because of a force quit. I am using Audacity 2.05 on a Mac (OSX 10.8.5). Audacity crashes regularly, and I am trying to figure out how to recover the data that is marked as " Warning: Missing data block file: ‘/var/folders/pb/vjmx2s4927d16tytryl60skh0000gn/T/audacity-Name/project996728538/e00/d00/e0000e1a.au’ ". The projects will open with “silent tracks”.

In the Wiki, it is said that making sure that the files are in the folder in which they seem to be missing should ensure that the project can be recovered. I have picked a few of these hundreds of files and actually FOUND THEM in the folder above using the finder’s “go to” search, i.e. I know where “e0000e1a.au” is, and I also know that this is where the log tells me it should be. However, I would not know how to proceed further, as the files are marked as missing and create 4-5 second-long tracks when copied into a new project.

I have not yet tried to force quit audacity, as I thought this might simply replicate the problem, as the missing files will probably not be found in the second place - given that I haven’t touched them.

Any ideas? Could it be a problem that I have three automatically recovered files at the same moment.

Thanks in advance,

It should not crash regularly, but we don’t make a “2.05” version (the current series is 2.0 then a dot and a third number).

You can get the latest 2.0.6 version from us at http://audacityteam.org/download/mac/.

Please open Finder, then choose Go > Go to Folder and type:


There should be Audacity Crash Reports there. Please attach the last couple of reports. Please see here for how to attach files: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-attach-files-to-forum-posts/24026/1 and tell us what you do in Audacity that leads to the crash.

The fourth numeric character in the file name of the AU file (for example, a “1” in a file named e0001932.au) tells you the “d” folder that file is in. So an e0001932.au file should be in the “d01” folder for Audacity to find it and your “e0000e1a.au” should indeed be in the “d00” folder.

If you are sure the AU files are in the correct place, please force quit the incorrect recovery and open Finder. Choose Go > Go to Folder and type:

~/Library/Application Support/audacity/AutoSave

Attach the AUTOSAVE files for each project that you find in that folder. If you can see for yourself that the AUTOSAVE file is pointing to the correct location of the files, then you might have broken permissions on the Mac. Go > Utilities > Disk Utility. Select your system drive and Verify Disk and then when that’s done, Repair Permissions.