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Oliver 04-15-2007 08:02 AM

Amarok compilation with Helix-engine?

Does anybody know how to compile Amarok in a way that it provides the Helix-engine? Right now it always ends up with:

=== Amarok - PLUGINS ========================================================
= The following extra functionality will NOT be included:
= - NMM-engine
= - Helix-engine
= - yauap-engine
= - MySql Support
= - Postgresql Support
= - MP4/AAC Tag Write Support
= - iPod Support
= - iRiver iFP Support
= - Creative Nomad Jukebox Support
= - Rio Karma Support
= The following extra functionality will be included:
= + xine-engine
= + libvisual Support
= + Konqueror Sidebar
= + MusicBrainz Support
= + MTP Device Support
= + DAAP Music Sharing Support

I tried to find the Helix sources or devel-packages but no success...


flebber 04-16-2007 09:11 AM

Hello, I assume you are using Suse. Not sure which package manager you are using yast, apt, smart but as I remeber it amarok plugins were in the repos simply install plugins and then go to the configure amarok menu and choose helix-engine.

Definitely available

Download RPM here

Consider installing Apt4Suse if you haven't already, the how-to here

Oliver 04-20-2007 01:41 PM

No rpm but compilation

Thanks for the answer, but that was not was I asked for.

The rpms you pointed me to (amarok-helix-1.3.8-34) are far to old and not supported anymore. Amarok is now at 1.4.5. As far as I know, there are problems with the helix-community or something like this.

So once again: What needs to be installed (and how) that after "configure" of Amarok the Helix-engine pops up under extra functionality? TIA!

reddazz 04-20-2007 02:27 PM

Just out of curiosity, why would you need the helix engine when the xine engine can play the same formats (and more)?

Oliver 04-21-2007 10:49 AM

It can't
The reason is, that it can't play them all. There are some streams I'd like to play such as:

and others.

Xine is not perfect (not yet...)

flebber 04-21-2007 11:54 AM

they seem to be mplayer plugins. I checked both of your links and mplayer parsed them perfectly.

Oliver 04-21-2007 08:42 PM

Need for ONE not many
Yes, there certainly are applications that play these streams. First of all, of course, Realplayer. But I am interested in ONE application, being able to manage my entire sound demands and needs:

1. The mp3, ogg, wav (and others) files on the HDD, and
2. All radio streams I like.

I am not interested in hopping applications. All streams should be stored in the same place (the list in Amarok)

You get my point?

R00T.OSIRIS 04-21-2007 10:35 PM

./configure --with-helix

for future reference when compiling, you can ./configure --help to get a base list of available variables and commands.

Oliver 04-22-2007 05:44 AM

Done that long time ago
I have done this (./configure --with-helix)already with no positive result.

I don't know, why the system here calls me a "NEWBIE", whereas I am working with Linux and UNIX since 1990. I am pretty much a commandline-crack...

Back to the topic: This option does not work if the helix-headers or sources are not installed. But I don't know where or how to get them. If it was so simply as you said, why is "guru" not providing these packages anymore for SuSE?

R00T.OSIRIS 04-23-2007 01:24 AM

Everyones a newbie here if they don't post-whore.
You should be able to compile helix first, then use the --with-helix flag to get it to build in Amarok. I have had success with this, on opensuse 10.2 .

reddazz 04-23-2007 10:47 AM


I don't know, why the system here calls me a "NEWBIE", whereas I am working with Linux and UNIX since 1990. I am pretty much a commandline-crack...
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