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Hello. I became used to xmms as my default music player on Etch, but it was taken out of Lenny. I discovered a site that has packages for it, right here. However, while the install went fine, I was unable to run it. I then downloaded the provided debian source package from the same site, and created my own package. This too installed fine, but it won't run. Here's the error I get:
I just discovered that it does work when I run it as root, but not as regular user. Well, I'm not sure how to fix that. So, I guess I'll stick with moc (music on console), which, frankly, works quite well.
Please see http://bugs.xmms.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1907 for an explanation of the problem. In short, there are certain compatibility issues with GTK+ 1.2.x applications and the Composite extension, as you have discovered. There is a work-around, however: 'export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 && xmms' Furthermore, since this doesn't affect all users (Composite is disabled by default, and obviously for good reason)
Also you might try audacious, it is very similar to xmms.
I use aptitude, actually. Anyway, I did look at xmms2, but the program seemed to be trying to accomplish something other than what the original objective of xmms was, I felt. Anyway, it just didn't strike a chord with me. However, audacious is close enough, and as I mentioned in my previous post, I'm sure I'll get used to it over time.