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Short overview; when I installed, I used the menu-driven system. For some reason or another I didn't install Mplayer, and now I need it to play my mpeg4 files. It ended up being a good opportunity to learn how to use slackpkg and other third-party package-management tools (I'm fairly new to linux, and command-line-driven programs in general) - even though there were a few problems.
Okay, well, maybe the search function is still slightly buggy -how about swaret?
swaret --search Mplayer
Listing available Packages matching Keyword: Mplayer...
No available Packages found matching Keyword: Mplayer!
A quick look inside of /var/lib/slackpkg/PACKAGES.txt reveals:
PACKAGE NAME: MPlayer-20101218-x86_64-1.txz
PACKAGE LOCATION: ./slackware64/xap
PACKAGE SIZE (compressed): 8936 K
PACKAGE SIZE (uncompressed): 25930 K
MPlayer: MPlayer (media player)
MPlayer: MPlayer is a movie player. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM,
MPlayer: VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo,
MPlayer: FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim,
MPlayer: and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx,
MPlayer: DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.
MPlayer: Homepage for MPlayer is http://www.mplayerhq.hu/
I don't understand. Am I doing something wrong? The package name is clearly used 3 times in the description alone. Is there any way to refine searches better, or is the search function buggy?