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Old 07-09-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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youtube-dl "t" parameter error

Hello. I tried to download a video from YouTube (specifically, MAJ3amqyVuE), and it gave me the following response:

mark@debian:~$ youtube-dl -u user -p password MAJ3amqyVuE
[youtube] Setting language
[youtube] Logging in
[youtube] Confirming age
[youtube] MAJ3amqyVuE: Downloading video webpage
[youtube] MAJ3amqyVuE: Extracting video information
ERROR: unable to extract "t" parameter
The page requires age verification, which is why I included my user name and password in the command. The age verification seems to have succeeded, but then I get the "ERROR: unable to extract "t" parameter". Does anyone know what this means? Does anyone know how to fix this?
Old 07-09-2009, 02:48 AM   #2
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I just passed it the "-t" option and it worked for me.

youtube-dl -t -u user -p password MAJ3amqyVuE
Old 07-09-2009, 03:42 AM   #3
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That's interesting. Even with the -t option, it still doesn't work for me.
Old 07-22-2010, 02:40 AM   #4
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Could be they've added a new format. I notice youtube-dl fails tonight for the first time in several months with following error:
sports[~]$ youtube-dl -t
[youtube] Setting language
[youtube] ReAdKkM33JM: Downloading video webpage
[youtube] ReAdKkM33JM: Downloading video info webpage
[youtube] ReAdKkM33JM: Extracting video information
ERROR: format not available for video
I was attempting to download one of the Mel Gibson rant files, so maybe it's in some audio format. There is no video when seen from a browser, just an unchanging photo.


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