[ardour-dev] Problem opening a session... any way to salvage it?
jkarnes1 at austin.rr.com
Sun Oct 17 09:23:46 PDT 2004
Well I fixed it for that file, then ran into the same problem on another session
and I think I've traced *some* of the problem...
Here's what I did that caused this:
1. open a session with lots of stuff going on... edits, huge number of takes,
large library of sources, effects, pans, automation.... this is a tune that
except for the final lead vocal track, is ready for final mix & release. The
DSP meter runs ab0out 40-60% while playing back this track.
2. While it's playing, select "clean up"... bad idea and it was a mistake
(chose wrong menu item). But Ardour does not recover gracefully. This crashed
Ardour and took down the X windows session to boot.
3. Now when I try to open it, the regions are all out of sync with the sources
portion of the xml file. So the sources pointed to "cleaned up" sources (that
is, less than what is referred to otherwise in the file), and the regions
section pointed to all of the not-yet-cleaned-up files... so there were a ton
of references to sources from a <Region id= ... /Region> section in the xml file
that didn't map to a source from the source definitions. I had to manually
clean all of these up. Since on this particular tune there were 60 (!!) piano
takes, and it was something I could play in my sleep, I just deleted everything
with a reference to piano and redid the piano track. Anyway, it took a couple
I could probably repro this issue if it's unknown (I doubt it is). However the
usefulness of reproducing it is only valid if I could capture some data. Since
it crashes the X-windows session, there's no log of how everything went down.
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