Can't save preferences

• Jan 3, 2012 - 10:04

Hi, I can't save my preferences. If I save some changes, after restarting the application the changed preferences are lost. Sometimes I can't see the transport and input bar, but they are checked in the display menu. I must uncheck and check the transport menu and then they become available.
Any idea?



In reply to by Micrologus

Can you be more specific about what you are doing? which preferences? Only the setting in edit->preferences and a few miscellaneous others are saved, not layout or style settings, which are part of your document, not part of your preferences. You can save the style, or create a template contains both the style and layout settings.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Menu Musescore -> Preferences... (see image)
I should save the following preferences:
Program start (empty / continue last session / star with new score etc.)
Windows (show Play Panel / Show Navigator / Show Musescore Connect
Application Font: ...
Background color or pattern...

Or: Menu -> Display -> Synthesizer -> default SoundFont.

I would like to save those preferences. I tried with a Nightly Build, and in this case the preferences are correctly saved, but then there's a lot of other problems (obviously ;)


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In reply to by Micrologus

Yes, exact same problem for me on 10.6.4, Intel MacPro, MuseScore 1.1. Apply preference changes, quit, restart Musescore and they're exactly the same as they were. It won't allow me to change the startup state, MIDI input, etc.



In reply to by Micrologus

How do you know it's not something on your computer? There are thousands of people using MuseScore on MacOS, and only a couple seem to have this problem. So it seems quite likely it is something about your specific computers that is different from others. Mind you, I,m not saying that means it isn't a bug in MuseScore - it very likely is. But still, a bug that is only triggered on ertain computers for some reason. So I suspect it would be helpful if you could describe more about your environment - anything special about your drive configuration, user accounts, etc.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

So, thousands of people doesn't have this problem? I'm happy it's so, because I love Musescore. I would be glad to solve this problem, obviously.
My computer: iMac 2.93 GHz Intel Core i7 27" (December 2010), Ram 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Mac Os X 10.6.8

What kind of other information could I give you?
Thank You for your answer.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I've tried Musescore on my iBook, with the same OS (Mac Os X.6.8). I can confirm that here the preferences are saved correctly. The problem is obviously in my iMac. I hope someone can help me to solve the problem. Thank you!

(Where are the preferences saved?)

In reply to by Thomas

That last comment about resetting to factory gave me a clue. I checked my ~/.config directory. It existed and was owned by root with 755 permissions, which means my normal user couldn't write to it. There was a bunch of stuff in there from VSL, the Vienna Symphonic Library. I'm guessing VSL got there first and is using that .config directory for its own purposes.

As root, I did a chown -r jason:staff ~/.config and now MuseScore properly saves preferences.

Seems to be an issue if you have VSL installed.

Thanks for the tip!


In reply to by Micrologus

I made visible the hidden folders using this command in Terminal:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

The folder was not in the ~/.config folder. So I copied the folder from the new account I created on my iMac and pasted it in the ~/.config folder. Now Musescore saves the preferences correctly. Thank You for your help!

To make invisible the hidden folders: Terminal:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

In reply to by Micrologus

I'm having the same problem using Musescore 1.1 on ubuntu 10.04, specifically when changing sound preferences.

This is what happens:

1) Open Musescore
2) Change i/O preferences by clicking off Use Internal Synthesizer.
3) Change selecting Use Jack MIDI Output.
4) Close musescore
5) Open musescore
6) Go to Edit - Preferences. Result Use Jack Midi IS selected,BUT also Use Internal Synthesizer remains selected.

Thank you all.

In reply to by ChurchOrganist

I know this is an old thread, but I had the same issues with Ubuntu 18.04 and MuseScore 2.3.2. I initially installed it in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and it worked fine (that is, after I found out how to use the "install" command on an AppImage. (Installing it from the "Software" panel was a disaster--it couldn't access the hard drive where my files were.)

Anyway, so I reinstalled Ubuntu (different SSD) a few days back, and installed the latest MuseScore (2.3.2 as of this time). All was fine and dandy...until I realized that the preferences weren't saving. After finding this forum post, I found that the permissions on "home/.config/MuseScore" was set to "root." I changed that to my username (like the rest of the folders in the ".config" directory, and MuseScore started saving SOME settings. It updated the INI file with no problems that I'm aware of.
It remembered the following:
- Recent scores (but NOT "last session")
- Color settings (light/dark)
- The startup options (but they didn't work--i.e. "Continue last session" opened an empty MuseScore, and showed the "Start Center")

It did NOT remember/save any of my keyboard shortcut preferences, which was very annoying. (I assign the numeric keypad to the note durations, so I can easily enter music with the notes on the left hand, and durations on the right hand.)

On a hunch, I ran MuseScore from a command prompt...and found that there was another set of folders it uses: "home/.local/share/data/MuseScore/MuseScore2/". This appeared to have been created by the MuseScore installer, as everything from "data" onwards also only allowed "Root" access. After changing permissions on all the folders and files to my username...MuseScore finally started to remember everything like it was intended to.

I don't know where this error got started, though I did install the AppImage with "sudo"; perhaps it's not properly identifying the context, and just installed with the "root" context it had at that point. For what it's worth--hopefully this helps someone else.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Hmm, strange. I guess there's a difference between "installing AppImages" verses "installing debs", as the latter generally requires "sudo." At least I'm happy to have figured out what was amiss, and I'm back a happy camper in Ubuntu with MuseScore. WinDoze and Finale have been on the back burner for so long that I've started forgetting how to use Finale...!

Even when installed as root, though, it doesn't require root access to run--just parts of it didn't work. I'm not well versed in the finer details of Ubuntu-land -- I'm just glad to get it working again.

Yes, QJackCtl is running. On its GUI Musescore appears on the MIDI tab, but fails to connect to any instance.
Thanks for your reply, ChurchOrganist

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