1) Upgrade to 1.2 pre 3 (audacity-help@...) -
it has changed the behaviour so that you are alerted to files left over
from the crash, and given the option to keep or delete. You are not the
only one to have had similar problems!
2) When you say audacity was still recording, do you mean that it was
still writing files, or was did it just still have the record button
down ? I aggree this needs somthing doing, but it's not clear how to
repeatably test the scenario, short of filling one's entire disk up.
Could you supply some more detail on which partiton filled up, and where
audacity's temporary directory was pointed, to see if I can reproduce
On Tue, 2003-11-18 at 13:54, Stefan Bellon wrote:
> Dear Audacity Developers!
> Last year I used Audacity to record a 1.5 h long concert. It worked
> very well and I was impressed with its functionality!
> This year I tried the same, the concert lasted over 2 h and the free
> space on my hard disc ran out. This caused big trouble, ending in the
> fact that I lost the whole recording!
> Ok, let's start from the beginning: I used the latest version of
> Audacity available for i386 Debian GNU/Linux unstable and I had 1.5 GB
> free on the hard disc.
> Recording started as usual, no problems. I left the box unattended as I
> performed during the concert as well. After the free space on the hard
> disc has been filled up, an error box came up on the screen, telling
> that there's no space left on the device. This happened while I still
> was away from the machine. When I came back to the computer after the 2
> hours, I saw this error box and in the background, Audacity still
> recorded (but obviously couldn't store it somewhere)! I wanted to close
> the error box in order to stop recording, but Audacity opened the next
> error box with the same text faster than I could reach the Stop button.
> This went on for a while. I saw no other possibility than to kill the
> Audacity process from the console. This left me with all temp files in
> /tmp and I still had hope to get at least at the recordings to the
> point when the hard disc went full.
> However, when I started Audacity again, it told me that there are left
> over temp files and before I could do anything, they automatically got
> deleted! Gosh!
> So, in order to prevent such a disaster, I propose two additions to
> 1) When there's any error message (at least concerning storage!),
> automatically stop recording! This way, the user can delete some
> unnecessary files on the hard disc and then save the Audacity project
> file. I was unable to do that as by the time I had deleted files,
> the still recording Audacity had filled up the space again!
> 2) When loading Audacity and it sees temp files on the device, ask the
> user what to do with them and don't just delete them! I know that
> they might be crippled without the Audacity project file, but at
> least for a 2 h recording (without editing being done), it should
> have been possible to cat them together in order to get the
> majority of the concert back!
> I hope that you will consider those suggestions and implement them in a
> future version so that I can record our next year's concert without
> having to worry.