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Gmplayer/mplayer-gui standard package works perfectly on Debian testing (Wheezy)

Posted 11-21-2012 at 12:48 PM by the dsc

If you like mplayer's native GUI, and you're about to install Debian testing (currently Wheezy), avoid using packages from deb-multimedia as much as possible.

To me it seems that the problem is actually with ffmpeg (deb-multimedia's), but I'm not willing to test it. I think it somehow interferes with mplayer-gui/gmplayer.

Just a few days ago I had an Wheezy install where I had gmplayer working, but very inconsistently, I would double click some video file and in five times out of fifteen it wouldn't work, showing dozens of error message windows instead. And it wasn't related with a particular type of file/container/codec, as it would work on the same file afterwards, sometimes immediately after. It happened despite of the fact that I was keeping outdated packages (the newest ones wouldn't work at all, I don't recall if mplayer and mplayer-gui were incompatible or what), after trying several ones until find the latest one that would work.

To my surprise as I've reinstalled Wheezy, mplayer and gmplayer were both working with a default install. But it didn't last long as I've also added deb-multimedia's repository and updated everything but mplayer and gmplayer. The worst part is that even though I suspected that ffmpeg was the offending package, there was some dependency-hell sort of situation that made "impossible" to downgrade it. So I've reinstalled Wheezy twice in two days. Yeah, I'm turning back my badge and my pendrives with live linux distros, both the one I carry on the belt and the one I carry on the ankle.

Apparently you can install avidemux (from deb-multimedia) and still have gmplayer working, or at least that's the situation before rebooting.
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