New user error compiling for Arduino Uno, no actual error message that I can see

Hello, I am completely new to Arduino. I purchased a duinotech Arduino Starter Kit from Jaycar. I have installed the Arduino app version 1.8.13 on my MacBook running Catalina 10.15.5.

The board is receiving power and the loader LED is blinking

I selected:
Board > "Arduino Uno"
Port > "/dev/cu.usbmodem14101 (Arduino/Genuino Uno)"

Get Board Info returns:
BN: Arduino/Genuino Uno
VID: 2341
PID: 0043
SN: 75834353430351F0F140

I opened the Blink sketch from the File > Examples > 0.1 Basics

When I click Verify with verbose output I get the following:

Arduino: 1.8.13 (Mac OS X), Board: "Arduino Uno"

/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/arduino-builder -dump-prefs -logger=machine -hardware /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware -hardware /Users/warrenbain/Library/Arduino15/packages -tools /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/tools-builder -tools /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -tools /Users/warrenbain/Library/Arduino15/packages -built-in-libraries /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/libraries -libraries /Users/warrenbain/Documents/Arduino/libraries -fqbn=arduino:avr:uno -vid-pid=2341_0043 -ide-version=10813 -build-path /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537 -warnings=none -build-cache /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_cache_741374 -prefs=build.warn_data_percentage=75 -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc-7.3.0-atmel3.6.1-arduino7.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude-6.3.0-arduino17.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.arduinoOTA.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.arduinoOTA-1.3.0.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -verbose /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/examples/01.Basics/Blink/Blink.ino
/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/arduino-builder -compile -logger=machine -hardware /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware -hardware /Users/warrenbain/Library/Arduino15/packages -tools /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/tools-builder -tools /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -tools /Users/warrenbain/Library/Arduino15/packages -built-in-libraries /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/libraries -libraries /Users/warrenbain/Documents/Arduino/libraries -fqbn=arduino:avr:uno -vid-pid=2341_0043 -ide-version=10813 -build-path /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537 -warnings=none -build-cache /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_cache_741374 -prefs=build.warn_data_percentage=75 -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc-7.3.0-atmel3.6.1-arduino7.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude-6.3.0-arduino17.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.arduinoOTA.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -prefs=runtime.tools.arduinoOTA-1.3.0.path=/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr -verbose /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/examples/01.Basics/Blink/Blink.ino
Using board 'uno' from platform in folder: /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr
Using core 'arduino' from platform in folder: /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr
Detecting libraries used...
/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr/bin/avr-g++ -c -g -Os -w -std=gnu++11 -fpermissive -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -Wno-error=narrowing -flto -w -x c++ -E -CC -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10813 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR -I/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr/cores/arduino -I/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr/variants/standard /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537/sketch/Blink.ino.cpp -o /dev/null -DARDUINO_LIB_DISCOVERY_PHASE
Generating function prototypes...
/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr/bin/avr-g++ -c -g -Os -w -std=gnu++11 -fpermissive -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -Wno-error=narrowing -flto -w -x c++ -E -CC -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10813 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR -I/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr/cores/arduino -I/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/arduino/avr/variants/standard /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537/sketch/Blink.ino.cpp -o /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537/preproc/ctags_target_for_gcc_minus_e.cpp -DARDUINO_LIB_DISCOVERY_PHASE
/private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/4AAD0A46-7A27-4892-88B0-80E217948EE2/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/tools-builder/ctags/5.8-arduino11/ctags -u --language-force=c++ -f - --c++-kinds=svpf --fields=KSTtzns --line-directives /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_528537/preproc/ctags_target_for_gcc_minus_e.cpp
exit status 1
Error compiling for board Arduino Uno.

Any suggestions as to what the actual problem is here?

For anyone else having this problem, I eventually worked it out.

I copied the last command line from the verbose output and ran it in my terminal window. That gave me the following:

~ ❯❯❯ /private/var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/C3C7E856-F3CB-484D-8BBC-30DBA0725F81/d/Arduino.app/Contents/Java/tools-builder/ctags/5.8-arduino11/ctags -u --language-force=c++ -f - --c++-kinds=svpf --fields=KSTtzns --line-directives /var/folders/bb/r3trd4392cb9zz1c6qn2nqg40000gn/T/arduino_build_577815/preproc/ctags_target_for_gcc_minus_e.cpp
ctags: append mode is not compatible with tags to stdout

I then discovered that my ~/.ctags file indeed had a --append configured. Something else did that a while ago, I can’t remember what exactly, probably a Vim plug-in.

Removed that line and I’m up and running!

NOTE for the developers, it would have been useful if that error had actually displayed in the verbose output…

Great feedback and well done finding it. Karma added.