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audacity(1)		    General Commands Manual		   audacity(1)

NAME
       audacity	- Graphical cross-platform audio editor

SYNOPSIS
       audacity	-help
       audacity	-version

       audacity	[-blocksize nnn] -test
       audacity	[-blocksize nnn] [ AUDIO-FILE ]	...

DESCRIPTION
       Audacity	 is a graphical	audio editor.  This man	page does not describe
       all of the features of Audacity or how to use it;  for  this,  see  the
       html documentation that came with the program, which should be accessi-
       ble from	the Help menu.	This man page describes	the Unix-specific fea-
       tures, including	special	files and environment variables.

       Audacity	currently uses libsndfile to open many uncompressed audio for-
       mats such as WAV, AIFF, and AU, and it can also be  linked  to  libmad,
       libvorbis,  and libflac,	to provide support for opening MP2/3, Ogg Vor-
       bis, and	FLAC files, respectively.  LAME, libvorbis, libflac and	 libt-
       wolame provide facilities to export files to all	these formats as well.

       Audacity	 is  primarily	an interactive,	graphical editor, not a	batch-
       processing tool.	Whilst there is	a basic	batch processing  tool	it  is
       experimental  and  incomplete. If you need to batch-process audio or do
       simple edits from the command line, using sox or	ecasound driven	 by  a
       bash script will	be much	more powerful than audacity.

OPTIONS
       -help	 display a brief list of command line options

       -version	 display the audacity version number

       -test	 run  self  diagnostics	 tests	(only  present	in development
		 builds)

       -blocksize nnn
		 set the audacity block	size for writing files to disk to  nnn
		 bytes

FILES
       ~/.audacity-data/audacity.cfg
	      Per user configuration file.

       /var/tmp/audacity-_user_/
	      Default  location	 of Audacity's temp directory, where <user> is
	      your username.  If this location is  not	suitable  (not	enough
	      space  in	/var/tmp, for example),	you should change the temp di-
	      rectory in the Preferences and restart Audacity.	Audacity is  a
	      disk-based  editor,  so the temp directory is very important: it
	      should always be on a fast (local) disk with lots	of free	space.

	      Note that	older versions of Audacity put the temp	directory  in-
	      side  of the user's home directory.  This	is undesirable on many
	      systems, and using some directory	in /tmp	is recommended.

	      On many modern Linux systems all files in	/tmp/ will be  deleted
	      each  time the system boots up, which makes recovering a record-
	      ing that was going on when the system crashed much harder.  This
	      is why the default is to use a directory in /var/tmp/ which will
	      not normally be deleted by the system. Open the  Preferences  to
	      check.

SEARCH PATH
       When  looking  for  plug-ins,  help files, localization files, or other
       configuration files, Audacity searches the following locations, in this
       order:

       AUDACITY_PATH
	      Any  directories	in the AUDACITY_PATH environment variable will
	      be searched before anywhere else.

       .
	      The current working directory when Audacity is started.

       ~/.audacity-data/Plug-Ins

       _prefix_/share/audacity
	      The system-wide Audacity directory, where	 <prefix>  is  usually
	      /usr  or	/usr/local,  depending	on  where  the program was in-
	      stalled.

       _prefix_/share/doc/audacity
	      The system-wide Audacity documentation directory,	where <prefix>
	      is  usually  /usr	 or /usr/local,	depending on where the program
	      was installed.

       For localization	files in particular  (i.e.  translations  of  Audacity
       into other languages), Audacity also searches _prefix_/share/locale

PLUG-INS
       Audacity	 supports  two	types  of plug-ins on Unix: LADSPA and Nyquist
       plug-ins.  These	are generally placed in	a  directory  called  plug-ins
       somewhere on the	search path (see above).

       LADSPA  plug-ins	 can  either be	in the plug-ins	directory, or alterna-
       tively in a ladspa directory on the search path if you choose to	create
       one.   Audacity will also search	the directories	in the LADSPA_PATH en-
       vironment variable for additional LADSPA	plug-ins.

       Nyquist plug-ins	can either be in the plug-ins directory,  or  alterna-
       tively  in a nyquist directory on the search path if you	choose to cre-
       ate one.

VERSION
       This man	page documents audacity	version	1.3.5

LICENSE
       Audacity	is distributed under the GPL, however some of the libraries it
       links  to are distributed under other free licenses, including the LGPL
       and BSD licenses.

BUGS
       For details of known problems, see the release notes and	 the  audacity
       wiki:
       http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Known_Issues

       To report a bug,	see the	instructions at
       http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Reporting_Bugs

AUTHORS
       Project	leaders	 include  Dominic  Mazzoni, Matt Brubeck, James	Crook,
       Vaughan Johnson,	Leland Lucius, and Markus Meyer, but dozens of	others
       have contributed, and Audacity would not	be possible without wxWidgets,
       libsndfile, and many of the other libraries it is built upon.  For  the
       most  recent  list of contributors and current email addresses, see our
       website:

       http://www.audacityteam.org/about/credits/

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