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Archive for June, 2020

Audacity error when starting “The application “Audacity.app” can’t be opened.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/29

For quite a while, I had the error “The application “Audacity.app” can’t be opened.” and Audacity still opening. Clicking the OK button often enough made me hunt for the solution:

This is what I did:

$ cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity
$ grep Temp audacity.cfg
TempDir=/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

Then I checked if the directory existed:

$ find ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity -type d
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/AutoSave
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

The odd thing is the directory already existed, so I decided to delete the line, but first needed sed -n (the -n is important: it list only non-matching lines to stdout, see [WayBack] regex – What actually the meaning of “-n” in sed? – Stack Overflow):

$ sed -n '/^TempDir=/p' ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity/audacity.cfg
TempDir=/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

Since this is Mac OS/Mac OS X/OS X, the -i parameter requires a string even if it is an empty [WayBack] shell – Delete lines in a text file that contain a specific string – Stack Overflow so we get:

$ sed -i '' -n '/^TempDir=/d' ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity/audacity.cfg

After that, starting audacity still gave the same error and the TempDir entry was re-added.

So I did this:

  1. renamed the audacity directory to audacity.bad,
  2. recreated an empty audacity directory
  3. created empty subdirectories AutoSave, Plug-Ins, SessionData
  4. looped this loop
    1. Start Audacity
    2. On success copy a missing file in the audacity directory tree from the audacity.bad directory tree

In the end, these files were the cause:

  • pluginregistry.cfg
  • pluginsettings.cfg

Since I wasn’t using any plugins, I removed them. Now audacity starts fine.

Now that I had the files pinpointed, I could refine the search and this seems to be a common problem [WayBack] FAQ:Installation, Startup and Plug-ins – Audacity Development Manual: How can I solve Audacity not appearing or crashing on launch, or crashing after I add a plug-in?.

Too bad that page didn’t show up in the original search results.

–jeroen

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Add or edit words in a spell check dictionary – Office Support

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/26

[WayBack] Add or edit words in a spell check dictionary – Office Support:

By default, the words are stored in a text file called “RoamingCustom.Dic” – Google Search.

You can get there from the menu:

  1. Menu “File”, “Options”, then “Proofing”
  2. In the dialog, click on “Edit Word List…”

–jeroen

 

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Is there a button in iTunes to say “Stop after playing this song”? – Ask Different

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/26

Put the song in a playlist and click the check box off. All the songs in the playlist will have to be clicked off as well.Or easier still have the track as the only song in the play list.

For me, the easiest way to do this is to put all songs in a playlist, then in the playlist (can be “Playlist” view mode, but “Songs” view mode is easier). The video below shows exactly how to do this, but here are te steps:

  1. select all songs with Command-A
  2. right-click
  3. choose “Uncheck Selection” to remove all checkboxes
  4. double click on each song you want to play individually

Via:

Finally, [WayBack] iTunes 11 for Mac: Ways to play songs shows the meaning of the shuffle and repeat buttons in the player:

Source: S0024_ProgressBar.png (350×115)

–jeroen

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Navigating throug the Windows of the Joe’s Own Editor – Wikipedia

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/26

The built-in help of the Joe’s Own Editor – Wikipedia shows only a limited set of keyboard shortcuts:

What it misses is how to navigate through Windows. You use the ^KN (for Next) and ^KP (for Previous) navigation shortcuts for that.

You can even use that to navigate out of the Find or Replace line: The Find and Replace lines are single line prompts without a status line (but with a caption).

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Peeking under the hood of redesigned Gmail – Boris – Medium

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/25

From a while back, but still relevant as the speed of the GMail web-UI still has not improved.

[WayBack/Archive.is] Peeking under the hood of redesigned Gmail – Boris – Medium

Via:

–jeroen

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