Audacity 2.0.6-2 several GUI problems due to wxWidgets 3.x

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Sat Jun 13 16:29:45 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM Peter P. <peterparker at> wrote:

> Hi,
> thanks for maintaining and developing the audacity package!
> I am on Debian/testing and just upgraded to audacity version 2.0.6
> using apt. I just noticed two new problems:
> 1.)
> The 'device bar' is suddenly empty, regardless of used audio backend
> (alsa/jack) it only shows the loudspeaker and microphone images, but no
> drop-down menu of audio driver system and available record and playback
> devices. The audio devices are recognized correctly in the
> Preferences/Devices, it is merely the 'device bar' toolbar that is
> empty.
> 2.)
> When opening files from the command line, eg
>         audacity somefile.wav
> the zoom level is not adjusted to "fit project" right after opening the
> file, but a very long timeline from -24hours to more than 216hours is
> displayed (and the imported waveform being literally invisible) and the
> user has to click "Fit Project" in order to see the waveform.
> This does not occur when opening files from the open dialog in the
> file menu.
> There are no extra messags posted on the command line when the error
> occurs.
> Both errors might be due to audacity being compiled against wxWidgets 3.x
> ttp://
> It seems the audacity team is still trying to catch up with 3.x which in
> itself might be in a flux. So although audacity compiles against 3.x it
> is not really useable for end-users such as me. I have reported this to
> the audacity devels as well, but for now it seems to be of more help to
> debian users to stick to compiling the package against the older version
> of wxWidgets I think.
> The oldstable package of version 2.0.1-1 therefore works well.
> How can I further help here?

This has already been reported as Unfortunately,
the situation seems rather complicated.

The problem at hand is that in Debian, the wxwidgets maintainers are in the
process of phasing out wxwidgets 2.8. Please see for the activity
that lead Debian compiling against wxwidgets 3.0. Also, please not that
wxwidgets is not included in jessie at all, see, and it is also
scheduled to be removed from unstable.

This means that going back to wxwidgets 2.8 is not an option.   I'm
therefore closing #781866 with this email. Still, it seems that audacity
provides a poor user experience with wxwidgets 3.0, and judging from, there is
still a lot of work to do here. I would recommend to direct feedback,
comments, and ideally patches, to the audacity developers.


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