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Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
i can't remember the package name besides
mplayer and mplayer common. i don't think it's one
of the others that you have though.
do you have kpackage in kde on your system?
if you do, try that and try installing mplayer, and it
will choose the dependencies for you, hopefully.
if you try rpm -Uvh mplayer . . ., whatever the rest of the
name is, it will tell you what else you need to install with
I think its either a codec or something
maybe I just not hitting the right gui button to make it work
mencoder is an movie-encoder. It's the opposite of mplayer (movie-player), and shipped with mplayer. It's a cool tool that allows you to create movies in DivX, Xvid formats. If you're, like me, completely confused by the command line options, you should look for a mencoder frontend.
btw: mplayer has a gui too: compile with --with-gui, and it will create gmplayer for you. (you need to install skins manually however)
Ow for the DVD player problem (not sure it helps)...
I've compiled mplayer once, and I've seen a giant hell of options you can choose from, and libraries to link against. For example, I think you'll need libdvdplay and libdecss (yes the famous css hack to read encrypted dvd's) I'm not sure you have these installed right now, or mplayer is linked against those
But if you're thinking about compiling mplayer:
If you install these additional libraries, and compile mplayer against them, mplayer is capable of playing a lot of other formats. Run "./configure --help" to see all the options. Most libraries will be auto-detected anyway, so don't worry about all those --with-.... parameters. Just look at the summary at the end of ./configure, and try to get the others working too.
other ./configure parameters I'd recommend: --with-gui (compiled gmplayer), the win32 location/libs (to play wmv files), and some cpu-specific features you might want to enable. Just type "./configure --help", copy paste the rest of the parameters, use your mouse for this; select+middle button. Once you remove the --help parameter, ./confgure will actually run.
make install (if 'make' succeeded)
(or install/run a tool called "checkinstall" to create an RPM for you)
Try "ls -lh /usr/lib/libdvd*", and you'll see why there are so many different files
You don't need to "use" them. Mplayer might be compiled against those libraries already. If you compile mplayer yourself, it will find the /usr/lib/* files (or /usr/include headers) automatically Nothing to worry about.
Yes, you've seen that symlink stuff I wanted to show you
Yes, "make install" will overwrite the existing files. If depends however, on your --prefix option. use "./configure --prefix=/usr" if you want to install in the /usr/ hierachy (in case you want to replace an distro package). ./configure will install in the /usr/local/ hierarchy by default, and sometimes /opt/kde/ for kde programs. I'd recommend using /usr in this situation.
Run ./configure and make. Make will compile the software without installing. You'll see all kinds of matrix-like stuff flying by You can do these first 2 steps at non-root user, only installing requires root permissions. If 'make' doesn't end with an error, you can start to install the package:
* become root: "su", and enter your password.
* remove the RPM of your disto
* run "make install".
Instead of "make install", you could also use a tool called "checkinstall", which will create an RPM package for you. (so you could eventually remove the files through the rpm package manager)
I don't know how rpmbuild works, because I don't use RPM at all.
Distribution: Currently Suse 11.1 but have RH7,8,9 / Fedora 7,8_64,9_64,&10_64
i like the rpms
cause if you install something and say "oh crap, thats worse than before
you can revert back with the rpm -e command
I had some trouble with conflicting installs
had sane installed
couldn't remove it cause of the dependancies
used a tarball to make install
it didnt over write the older one
just sat beside it and mad Xsane ..whine and whine
according to the man page on rpm build it should extract and
install tar files and source files
don't know but this would be a good exercise
ok so you think I should go back to mplayer and get the source tarball?