Orphan Block Wiped session

Hi There , I’m posting for my partner - she has spent about a week editing a podcast and was just about to send it when an error occurred - something about an orphan block and now the entire session has been wiped , please advise as she is distraught.

She is worried now that if she starts again the same this will happen.


This is the text from the log

Please help if you can , thanks

22:24:55: Audacity 2.3.2
22:24:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries...
22:24:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries from default path, '/Library/Application Support/audacity/libs/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Checking for monolithic avformat from '/Library/Application Support/audacity/libs/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(/Library/Application Support/audacity/libs/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avutil from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avcodec from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avformat from '/Library/Application Support/audacity/libs/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(/Library/Application Support/audacity/libs/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Error: Failed to load FFmpeg libraries.
22:24:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries from legacy path, '/usr/local/lib/audacity/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Checking for monolithic avformat from '/usr/local/lib/audacity/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(/usr/local/lib/audacity/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avutil from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avcodec from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avformat from '/usr/local/lib/audacity/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(/usr/local/lib/audacity/ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Error: Failed to load FFmpeg libraries.
22:24:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries from system paths. File name is 'ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Checking for monolithic avformat from 'ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avutil from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avcodec from ''.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(.bundle, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Loading avformat from 'ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib'.
22:24:55: Error: dlopen(ffmpeg.55.64bit.dylib, 1): image not found
22:24:55: Error: Failed to load FFmpeg libraries.
22:24:55: Error: Failed to find compatible FFmpeg libraries.
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f083.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f107.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f114.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f131.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f1d2.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f1f3.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f215.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f22c.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f23e.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f24e.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f2c8.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f364.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f3f2.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f4aa.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f4fd.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f735.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f764.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f8f8.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f934.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f996.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1f9aa.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1fa5e.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1faee.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1fb3e.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1fc73.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1fe49.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d1f/eff1ff97.au'
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22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d21/eff2104b.au'
22:24:56: Warning: Orphan block file: '/Users/pagetscott-mccarthy/Desktop/CoH/CoH Katja Edit with intro & outtro_data/eff/d21/eff21064.au'
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22:25:21: Warning: Project check found file inconsistencies inspecting the loaded project data.

The “orphan block files” are a symptom of the problem, not the cause.
These files are bits of audio data that were left over from the crashed project, and Audacity is saying that it has found these data files but does not know what to do with them.

Do you know what your partner was doing immediately before the crash?

The whole top part of that, in English, is “You don’t have FFMpeg installed.”

The missing block files messages are a lot more serious.

We have some problems with third party postings. It’s bad enough we get to diagnose the problem blind over multiple time zones, but playing the “Telephone Game” on top of that is not a good idea. We sometimes have to inspect environments and odd details, and that’s best done in first person.

Can they post?

Koz

I believe she had just imported a wav file into the session , a few hours before she was experiencing weird errors and basic things like moving audio back and fourth started to get buggy

I doubt that we will be able to pin down what caused the problem, but to avoid tragic loss in the future, I’d recommend making periodic backup copies of the project using the command “File menu > Save Project > Save Lossless Copy of Project” (https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/file_menu_save_project.html ) Give the backup copy a new, unique name each time.

Ah what shame ,I was hoping there was a magic solution

Thank you and I don’t mean to sound rude but your solution does not sound practical

Nobody likes backups. There’s even a song about that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7-6m2cE6JM

Flippant

Backups at key editing stages are very “practical” - far better than losing all your valuable data that you’ve been working on …

Yes, but with a very worthwhile “best practice” message for anyone working with computers. Computers are extremely complex systems, with billions of components (NVIDIA’s GP100 Pascal GPU consists of 15 billion transistors). There’s an awful lot of things that could go wrong, and Murphy’s Law tells us that it will go wrong at the most inconvenient time possible.