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Old 10-14-2004, 01:51 PM   #1
Dr Gutiemouth
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how do i install XINE easily?


I have no clue what I am doin, i probalby installed it like 3 times but have no idea.

i dont even know if i started it correctly, and i can not find documentation anywhere that just states "this is what you do/type from start to finish"

and thats what i need right now..

can anyone help? thanks,
 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:05 PM   #2
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Are you installing from source, your install cd's, a downloaded rpm, etc.? If it's a source file, did you find a readme when you extracted the tarball?
good luck.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 06:46 PM   #3
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i got :
xine-ui-0.99.2cvs-041013.src.rpm
XFree86-devel-4.3.0-2.90.55.i386.rpm
xine-lib-1-rc6a.tar.gz


ive tried them all, i found the read me for hte tar.gz file and did exactly what it said but it didnt work...the two others i found directions online but they didnt work...

so im lost...


i also have some codecs i didnt install and divx that i didnt install, and mplayer i didnt install


am i right to think XINE is the best way to go because of all the codecs it supports?
 
Old 10-14-2004, 07:14 PM   #4
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Did you try to get the packages needed from the install cd's? That would probably be your best bet. You may find more help here.

http://xinehq.de/index.php/faq#BUILDING

good luck.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 08:03 PM   #5
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the cd i used to install whitebox? no, i dont even know what packages i need.

and i was at that site and went through those exact instructions, i cant get it to work!

im a total
 
Old 10-15-2004, 11:33 AM   #6
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Where does the process fail, what errors do you recieve?
 
Old 10-19-2004, 06:33 PM   #7
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he only asked how to install the thing if you know "how to" tell him.. don't waste time asking him what lab coat does he ware...or what way the wind was blowing or did he perform the sacred geek ritual..I'd like to know myself how to do it but I've noticed round here you ask question and you get a question in return...all thats needed is ..this is how I did it with this or that...too much trying to sound like the old professor round here...lets have a bit of how to on the Rocks..lol
 
Old 10-19-2004, 07:23 PM   #8
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Originally posted by kittykaat
he only asked how to install the thing if you know "how to" tell him.. don't waste time asking him what lab coat does he ware...or what way the wind was blowing or did he perform the sacred geek ritual..I'd like to know myself how to do it but I've noticed round here you ask question and you get a question in return...all thats needed is ..this is how I did it with this or that...too much trying to sound like the old professor round here...lets have a bit of how to on the Rocks..lol
Well kiddo, if I were using the same disro, kernel, and package management system as the user who posted I wouldn't need these questions answered. I am infact using different tools, as you will learn, so it's not as simple as "this is how I did it".

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don't waste time asking him what lab coat does he ware...or what way the wind was blowing or did he perform the sacred geek ritual..I'd like to know myself how to do it but I've noticed round here you ask question and you get a question in return
Be assured that I as others here volunteer our time to help people get their systems up and running. No one individual has all the answers, nor is one individual responsible for the users problem. I personally enjoy helping people and learning myself, that's why I am here.

You might consider starting your own thread stating your specific problems, instead of hijacking someone else's thread.

To your comment on asking a question, and getting a question, if all the information needed to assist a user is provided, then there is no problem with posting the solution. If, however, the user has left some info out, that is needed, then a request has to be made, or the thread goes unanswered.

One last note, instead posting a hostile reply, you may consider actually taking a read at the links provided, free of charge, I might add. They just may get you through the problem you're having. As I always finish my posts, with good cheer.
good luck.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 09:28 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dr Gutiemouth
i got :
xine-ui-0.99.2cvs-041013.src.rpm
XFree86-devel-4.3.0-2.90.55.i386.rpm
xine-lib-1-rc6a.tar.gz


ive tried them all, i found the read me for hte tar.gz file and did exactly what it said but it didnt work...the two others i found directions online but they didnt work...

so im lost...


i also have some codecs i didnt install and divx that i didnt install, and mplayer i didnt install


am i right to think XINE is the best way to go because of all the codecs it supports?
IIRC Whitebox (which is your listed distro) is a runoff from redhat, therefore an assumption of rpm package management is in order. From there, you need to figure out which packages xine requires. How? Depends on the tools you've got in hand. How do you know which tools those might be? Well you can try to play around on your system, maybe find a control center of sorts and find a package management tool, something with 'rpm' in the wording maybe. From there, you can usually determine the dependencies your RPM requires. You can also check:
http://freshrpms.net/
out, grab the package management tool on there called Apt with it's graphical front end, Synaptic, and use that to autoconfigure the install for you.

As for those packages above, I'd look for binary rpm's not src, they are identified with something like i386 in their name:
xine-ui-0.99.2cvs-041013.i386.rpm
Or something similar, instead of src. The XFree-dev may be required for the tar.gz, but is likely unnecessary otherwise. The .tar.gz file is the source. You don't need that if you can find the binary rpm as noted above.

Your last question:
am i right to think XINE is the best way to go because of all the codecs it supports?
Is debatable. However, I think the majority of folks would say mplayer is drastically superior, but comes at a price. It take quite the knowledge to wield the power of mplayer Therefore, as a happy medium, xine should suffice for most new users.

Now, onto the off topic discussion that should stop after I address it:

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Originally posted by kittykaat:
he only asked how to install the thing if you know "how to" tell him.. don't waste time asking him what lab coat does he ware...or what way the wind was blowing or did he perform the sacred geek ritual..I'd like to know myself how to do it but I've noticed round here you ask question and you get a question in return...all thats needed is ..this is how I did it with this or that...too much trying to sound like the old professor round here...lets have a bit of how to on the Rocks..lol

I believe you weren't trying to attack someone attempting to assist someone in need, but rather asking them to get to the point. As PEACEDOG has pointed out, rarely is it that simple. Your post does come across a bit harsh, and I hope in the future you can maintain a more relaxing/easy (or professional) mood in your posts asking for help
If you too have this problem, you could just as easily chime in with something like:
Quote:
Hey, I'm having a similar problem and hope a solution is found pretty soon as I'm getting anxious waiting to see how good Xine really is. The things I've tried so far are "..." and this is the outcome "...". Hope that helps this thing get fixed a bit faster. Thanks for the effort so far!
Obviously, this is just 1 of several ways to reply that doesn't come off as 'attitude' to someone looking to help out.
Please don't consider this a 'talking to' but rather simply a suggestion on how to get along while getting/giving help on the forums. Feel free to email me if you have anything further to discuss regarding the off topic issue.

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