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Old 05-13-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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why mplayer on -current is so old?


Hi!

the -current mplayer version is marked 20101218.

is there a reason why is so old?

It's not - entirely - a dumb question: apart a possible security problem the video quality of the -current version is noticeably lower of a svn snapshot of the sources.

Today I installed the latest version from mplayer sources (mplayer-export-2012-05-13) and you can see the difference on the images here
 
Old 05-13-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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What are the advantages of MPlayer vs VLC?

I use Eric's source from his restricted repository to build my own and have been very happy with VLC.
 
Old 05-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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You can use it on CLI only systems and it is installed by default in Slackware.
 
Old 05-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Also, (mplayer) has a lot less visual bloat and for the last many years that I'm using it, just reliably plays anything that is thrown at it.

Furthermore, through CLI can be used to quickly inspect properties of the media file, such as codec, rate, length, languages, subtitles, etc, and script your handling accordingly.
 
Old 05-14-2012, 03:06 AM   #5
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You can use it on CLI only systems and it is installed by default in Slackware.
Technically speaking, you can use vlc on CLI only systems as well (cvlc). Still, I prefer MPlayer.
 
Old 05-14-2012, 04:39 AM   #6
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Quote:
is there a reason why is so old?
The reason why itīs so old is that it has not been updated :-)

Yeah, not very helpful, I know. As for now, if you want somethig newer, youīd better try to compile and install it yourself. Maybe Mplayer has not been updated because compilation issues or library compatibilities...

The Slackware team knows better than I.

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What are the advantages of MPlayer vs VLC?
MPlayer/Mencoder beat VLCīs semi-beta encoding capabilities. MPlayer/Mencoder is extremely powerful encoding videos, but you will have to repackage it to encode to proprietary formats. VLC is easier to use for encoding, but I dislike the results every time I try.

If you only want a domestic player, then both VLC and Mplayer work well. You can use VLC through an Ncurses interface or pure CLI interface, so thatīs not a problem.

I think that Mplayer is included because it doubles as a player and encoder, while VLC is only good as player.
 
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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The reason why itīs so old is that it has not been updated :-)

Yeah, not very helpful, I know. As for now, if you want somethig newer, youīd better try to compile and install it yourself. Maybe Mplayer has not been updated because compilation issues or library compatibilities...
Well, it's what I've done
The screenshot from the first post have been taken by me on my pc just after a "./compile && make && su -c 'make install'".

It's that I'm a little surprised to find a so old version, because generally you can find reasonably new packages on '-current' (ehy, there is kde-4.8.2!)

As for the mplayer-vs-vlc... I don't think it's relevant, but... I like the first one in cli mode (I've never liked gmplayer) and now I'm so used to his keys (left/right arrow, pg up/down) that when I use vlc I cannot do a thing!
Besides, I view a lot of "soft" subtitled videos, and sometimes I need to adjust the timing "on the fly". With mplayer it's incredibly easy

And finally, mplayer say "Core dumped " when it ends to dump a stream
 
Old 05-14-2012, 06:51 AM   #8
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Don't mistake 'current' for some kind of a rolling release version of Slackware. It's just a development snapshot made available for wider testing of the latest changes.

Its most likely not been bumped yet because the developers are simply working on more important structural stuff, I wouldn't expect to see the stand-alone apps such as MPlayer getting bumps until much closer to release day. Bump them too early, and you only end up having to do it again before release and it's wasted effort.
 
Old 05-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #9
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For those who want to update MPlayer,
You can use scripts in:

ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...e/xap/MPlayer/
or
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...e/xap/MPlayer/

Due to MPlayer source change, edit

MPlayer.SlackBuild:

Code:
--- MPlayer.SlackBuild.orig 2012-05-16 00:03:00.000000000 +0800
+++ MPlayer.SlackBuild      2012-05-16 00:42:59.000000000 +0800
@@ -271,7 +271,6 @@
             --confdir=/etc/mplayer \
             --enable-gui \
             --enable-menu \
-            --enable-largefiles \
             --disable-arts \
             --codecsdir=${CODECSDIR} \
             --language="${LANGUAGES}" \
@@ -280,15 +279,15 @@
             2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/configure-${PRGNAM}.log
 # So that MPlayer does not report "UNKNOWN" as it's version:
 echo $VERSION > VERSION
-make 2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/make-${PRGNAM}.log
+make -j2 2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/make-${PRGNAM}.log
 make DESTDIR=$PKG install 2>&1 |tee $OUTPUT/install-${PRGNAM}.log
 
 # Build the html documentation (not all languages are available):
-( cd DOCS/xml
+#( cd DOCS/xml
   for i in $(echo $LANGUAGES | tr , ' ') ; do 
     [ -d $i ] && make html-single-$i ;
   done
-)
+#)
 
 # Prepare the configfile:
 mkdir -p $PKG/etc/mplayer
The 'make -j2' line just use 2 cpus to compile,
change it to meet your hardware, or just leave it alone.

(Run as root, and change 20120516 to your compile time)
VERSION=20120516 ./MPlayer.SlackBuild

Enjoy!
 
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:13 AM   #10
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OK, just noticed the HTML docs not compiled.

Update MPlayer.SlackBuild:

Code:
--- MPlayer.SlackBuild.orig 2012-05-16 00:03:00.000000000 +0800
+++ MPlayer.SlackBuild      2012-05-16 15:01:28.000000000 +0800
@@ -271,7 +271,6 @@
             --confdir=/etc/mplayer \
             --enable-gui \
             --enable-menu \
-            --enable-largefiles \
             --disable-arts \
             --codecsdir=${CODECSDIR} \
             --language="${LANGUAGES}" \
@@ -280,15 +279,15 @@
             2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/configure-${PRGNAM}.log
 # So that MPlayer does not report "UNKNOWN" as it's version:
 echo $VERSION > VERSION
-make 2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/make-${PRGNAM}.log
+make -j2 2>&1 | tee $OUTPUT/make-${PRGNAM}.log
 make DESTDIR=$PKG install 2>&1 |tee $OUTPUT/install-${PRGNAM}.log
 
 # Build the html documentation (not all languages are available):
-( cd DOCS/xml
+#( cd DOCS/xml
   for i in $(echo $LANGUAGES | tr , ' ') ; do 
-    [ -d $i ] && make html-single-$i ;
+    [ -d DOCS/xml/$i ] && make html-single-$i ;
   done
-)
+#)
 
 # Prepare the configfile:
 mkdir -p $PKG/etc/mplayer
 
Old 05-16-2012, 03:01 AM   #11
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_ZeD_

you can always grab alienbob's:

http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/MPlayer/
 
Old 05-16-2012, 03:17 AM   #12
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_ZeD_

you can always grab alienbob's:

http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/MPlayer/
And with a bit of luck, that one should land in Slackware-current real soon now.

Eric
 
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:59 AM   #13
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Tease .
 
Old 05-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #14
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And with a bit of luck, that one should land in Slackware-current real soon now.

Eric
Looking forward
 
Old 05-19-2012, 06:42 PM   #15
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It's now released on -Current
Quote:
xap/MPlayer-20120514-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
 
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