On Wed, 2005-03-30 at 03:25 +0000, dtkaleta@... wrote:
> I started a recording WITHOUT first saving a blank project (worked the
> 1st time) but this time there was an extended period of no input
> (recording a 12+ hour audiobook overnight) and there was no file on
> Audacity in the morning.
> 1) is there a timeout period for inactivity/can this period be set?
No, audacity should record for as long as the system has free disc
> 2)Would the above scenario have been ok if I was writing/recording to
> an previously saved project file?
This shouldn't matter either way, unless the saved project is on a
different disc with more free space.
> While recovering the project with the recovery utility (which worked
> if I kept the concatenation to 500 files), I imported the
> recovery .wav file, saved, then imported the next .wav file and cut
> and pasted to the end of the one already there, then deleted the new
> one, leaving one track. Upon saving this project (not necessarily the
> first time, but consistently happens), the earlier files will be
> changed from .au to .auf and reduced in size to 12kb from ~1MB and,
> though the spectrograph looks ok, there is nothing but silence.
> 3) Have I done something here to cause this or is it an inherent
> problem? Is the problem related to pasting in recovered files?
The .auf files are pointers, which read the real data from the wav files
that you have imported (hence the small size). The .au files are created
when recording or applying effects, and contain the audio data directly.
> I can see potentially wanting to add to the end of an existing project
> and didn't find any specific comments regarding this.
This should be fine, providing that all the files linked to the project
are retained intact, and not renamed.
> I finally cut and pasted as above with the recovery .wav files, then
> exported to a .wav file (after adding each 5, I was getting paranoid
> here) instead of audacity project; worked fine.
It is always best to export any major project to wav file(s) for
archiving, as they can be opened an many applications, not just
Be aware that most applications cannot read / write wav files bigger