Playback of a score starting with a volta fails and leads to crash

• Jul 27, 2018 - 10:00
Reported version
P3 - Low
S2 - Critical

2.3.1 version / Windows10

By working around this thread (, I found that the crash (when launching playback, or when pressing the "Rewind to the start position" button with this score: Miller Medley SCORE.mscz ) does not occur in early February 2018 before that several commits, concerning the improvements of the handling of voltas and repeats, were merged.

In other words, it works with this commit: b88c0ef
but crashes with this one: 20914dd
See with this single measure11, the "culprit": minimal.mscz

I can not reproduce from scratch from now.

However, without knowing whether this can be related, I notice an unexpected behavior (although the probability of this use case is near or equal to zero)

Therefore, from this test file ( volta1.mscz ) or that one ( volta1 (1).mscz ) with simple voltas, it is impossible that the playback starts at the beginning of the file with the measure including a volta. It begins obligatorily after, as if the measure with the volta was ignored.

I leave it to a minor priority for the moment being the probability of use.


Reported version 2.2 2.3

Yes, of course, I agree, the attached file causes a crash. But the relation of cause and effect, being unable to reproduce from scratch from now, despite the mentioned unexpected behavior, was not clearly established. Whence my prudence!

As noted in the thread form which that score came, something seems very wrong with the volta itself - upon read, it shows as being attached to notes (startElement and endElement are both of type ChordRest), and the crash is an assertion failure due to that fact. Not sure what about the volta made this happen.

The volta in question got saved with an anchor value of 0, which translates to Anchor::SEGMENT. Voltas are supposed to have an anchor value of Anchor::MEASURE, and it should not be possible to change this. We can easily set the anchor of a volta to Anchor::MEASURE after reading all of its properties, thus overriding any anchor value that it may have had in the file.

That "Miller Medley SCORE_2.mscz "had originally been created with a 2.0 developemt version, 1efc609, (shortly before?) the 1st 2.0 beta. Not sure we need to care about fixing this?
But then again we read that file properly prior to 2.2.

And the issue about files starting with a volta not playing back is something that should get fixed. But indeed is enough of a corner case that it doesn't need to get fixed for 2.x anymore

We're really looking at 2 different issues here, playback of scores starting with a volta and voltas that are not on measure boundaries for some strange reason

From scratch:

1) Load this test file: test volta.mscz
2) Launch playback
Result: nothing
(by selecting the G measure 3, the playback starts but stop after)
3) Now, extend the volta 1 until the volta 2 (so, over the measure 3)
File at this step: test volta1.mscz
4) Launch playback

-------------> Crash

Of course it shouldn't crash, but voltas are (alternative) endings of (simple) repeats, so having that at the beginning of a score could be seen as misuse, and the system taking revenge for that.

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