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Re: [SLE] Audacity no start
  • From: "Carl E. Hartung" <suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 23:25:09 -0500
  • Message-id: <200503252325.25623.suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Friday 25 March 2005 10:22 pm, Steve Lett wrote:

Hi Steve,

> I have seen this happen before with other programs and am not sure what it
> means...
> But I have downloaded the Audacity version rpm for SuSE 9.1 from the Packman
site, and installed (have tried both as root and as user) on my SuSE 9.2 Pro
system and noticed 2 initial problems:

Is this a typo? Or did you actually use the 9.1 rpm to install it? On your
9.2 Pro system?

> 1. No icons are created, Audacity doesn't show up anywhere in a menu.

I've had very good luck in this regard with packman packages, with two
caveats: a) It seems sometimes to take an init 3 -> init 5 cycle for items
to appear in the menus and b) sometimes they show up in a different place
than you might expect them to show up. I believe the classification declared
by the packager (i.e. "internet" or "multimedia" or "development" etc.)
affects where in the menu tree things show up.

> 2. When I go off to try and figure out what to run, I find:
> usr/bin/audacity looks like an executable, it's 8.5Mb...
> usr/share/audacity a folder with a couple of folders full of libraries or
> usr/share/doc/packages/audacity a folder full of some files, looks
like something your supposed to compile manually... ?? should we have to
compile the documentation files before use??...

"bin" stands for "binary" and, yes, you found the executable.

> Anyway, since there was no icon created, I click on the /usr/bin/audacity
file and nothing happens.

Open a terminal and, (not as root) run "/usr/bin/audacity &" (no quotes, of
course) to bypasses the menu system and launch it directly from the command
line. FYI the " &" launches it as a background process so you keep control
of the terminal, which means you can close it without also closing the
program that you just launched.

> Well, not exactly accurate. The harddrive starts a flurry of activity, etc.
but after about 60 seconds, all that is done and no application opens on the
> Any ideas how I can figure out why Audacity won't run when I click on it's

First, verify you've installed the correct version (9.2 and not 9.1) and then
try the init 3 -> init 5 cycle; /then/ search your menus. You can always add
it if it doesn't show up, but try these things first.


- Carl

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