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I am running Kubuntu 6.10 & Amarok 1.44. I had libxine-extracodecs installed, and was unable to play MP3 files. I am currently able to play m4a files without any problems.
When I start Amarok a box pops up that asks me if I want to install mp3 support, I say yes. If libxine-extracodecs is installed the box goes away and nothing happens. If I remove libxine-extracodecs, then say yes, the package is reinstalled and I am told to restart Amarok. When I restart Amarok and get the same message asking me to install mp3 support.
reddazz: Yes, its an RPM repo, but you can convert the package to a .deb package format with the easy tool called "alien". You dont need to add a repo, you can just go to livnas site and download the file. However, threadstarter should try to get a .deb or a source code package which is best suited for debian-based distros.
I had the same bug today. I didn't install or upgrade anything, i have all the packages needed and it work if I start Amarok with sudo. So I figured it was something in the configuration folders. I started by renaming the amarok directory ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok, it didn't worked. Then I renamed the ~/.xine directory and it worked. Something must be corrupted in the xine configuration files. When something like that happen, always check if you have the same bug with root or another regular user.
I'm positive, removing or renaming ~/.xine worked. There was only one file in ~/.xine called 'catalog.cache', it was recreated after removing the directory. I ran a diff between the new and the old catalog.cache, and pastebinned the output: http://paster.dazjorz.com/?p=823