[linux-audio-user] Audacity now works with JACK

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Tue Jul 6 04:28:24 EDT 2004

> Okay, before I go get all excited that Audacity is now JACKable,
> I need to ask a few questions...
> If I want to build the new version, do I need to uninstall any
> older version(s) I have installed?  If yes, how do I do that?

You can specify an alternative installation directory at configure 
time, I think, using the option --prefix=/usr/local/bin/audacitycvs/ 
or whatever. 

> Is there some way to store my old Audacity version in a safe
> place so I can go back to it if things don't work out with the
> new version?

If you have your original Audacity binary in /usr/bin then it 
shouldn't be affected by having a binary in another location, as far 
as I can tell. I once had one version in /usr/bin and another in 
/usr/local/bin and it worked OK.

> Are there are any project data incompatibilities with previous
> versions of Audacity?

There have been some reports on the audacity-devel list of problems 
with projects going between 1.2.1 and CVS versions, as I recall. I 
wouldn't use the CVS version for serious work - it's just too 

> I'm really looking forward to a JACKable Audacity.  I just want
> to make sure I don't mess up my setup which I kinda have working
> now...

I do know that feeling. I tend to be quite conservative with the 
software on my studio machine because reliability is all-important. 
Last time I did a professional recording job, the mixing desk power 
supply failed at the end of the last session, but the Linux box ran 



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