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I have compiled and installed the mplayer tarball and I have disposed of both the tarball and its contents. There was the option to compile either for the physical console alone or for both this and the GUI. And I really don't remember which one I did choose.
You can take a look at the 1st line of configure.log inside the mplayer sources directory
There is no file named configure.log in the whole disk and
I see no sources for mplayer. I must have done 'make --option', where option would erase the sources. What I see, is a /usr/local/bin/gmplayer. I think the 'g' is for gnome, in which case, it is the same as if it were not compiled for the GUI: neither have I gnome nor do I intend to use it. Thanks for your kind reply.
I suspected the makefile does not generally do those things. And yes; I did erase the directory; I now remember. The prefix 'g' standing for 'GUI' was good! The duality has many instances, I think. I even sometimes thought the 'g' was for GNU.
It is things like this that make appreciate LQ more and more the further I use it. Thanks, bathory.