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Can't open a project

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:31 am
by dvoufo
I saved a file, exported it to mp3 and copied the original file to have two but when I went back to the original file it wouldn't open and just says, "Couldn't find the data project folder:", it also says "Could not load file" right after that really don't want to lose this file what do I do?

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:31 am
by kozikowski
copied the original file to have two
You can only do that inside Audacity. The Project name is burned into the AUP file.

Open the AUP file in a text editor and read it. The original filename should be there.

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See where it says projname=" three lines down and two thirds to the right? That name has to match the actual computer filenames.

As long as you didn't do anything else, you should be able to change everything back and open up the show. Do Not save anything while the AUP file is open.

Koz

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:22 am
by dvoufo
It worked for a little bit then said I had missing block files

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:29 am
by dvoufo
Is anyone here?

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:40 am
by steve
The safe way to make a copy of a project is:

1) Open the project in Audacity
2) "File menu > Save Project As..."
Give the project a new and unique file name, and save.

The problem that you have is that you have two different AUP files, with the same name, both trying to read data from a folder called "The Actual Track for real this time - Copy_data".

Both of the AUP files look like they are complete, so they should both work IF they can find the correct data.
Audacity looks for the data folder in the same location as the AUP file that it is opening.

More information about managing projects in the manual: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/auda ... jects.html

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:13 am
by dvoufo
I can't seem to connect the two files I've been trying for hours and still get the same "Couldn't find project folder" and "Missing audio block files".I've attached the project data folder and the audio data files to this reply and was seeing if someone from the audacity team could connect the two and see if it will open correctly, I would be greatly appreciated! In the attachments, it's making me attach the audio one by one instead of all at once and now it says I can only attach 4, so I'm just not going to send it but Is there a right way to send you the files so you can see what you can do? Maybe you can make a folder with the correct name so I can put the audio files in? I really just don't know what to do right now, I just really don't want to lose this project.

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:29 am
by kozikowski
The forum is pretty small and will not allow you to post large works, folders or sound files.

Can you make a folder on your desktop? Drag the Copy; AUP and _DATA into the folder and change the names back to the original. That should be valid because then the two shows will not be able to see each other.

Attached: All I did was open your posted AUP file in a text editor and copied a portion of the screen. See where it says projname=" three lines down. That's how to find out what the original show name was. That has to match.
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Koz

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:42 am
by dvoufo
I made a new folder put the _data folder in it and the project file but It says missing blocks still

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:48 am
by kozikowski
says missing blocks still
Oddly, that could be a different problem.

Do you use Save Project As: for everything? There is an error if you use the wrong command that Audacity may lose parts of the show.

The error is gone in v2.2.2.

It took us a while to find it because it only happens if you cross Save Project and Save Project As:, and not always then. So when we always used the correct commands, nothing ever broke.

I think the damage is permanent. Once the Save process takes off by itself, that's the end of the world.

Did Audacity offer to replace the missing blocks with silence? Did you try that?

Koz

Re: Can't open a project

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:58 am
by dvoufo
They did offer to but i don't see how it could help