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craigevil 02-23-2009 11:31 PM

Easy way to install Multimedia codecs, flash, java, mplayer
exoodles debian multimedia installer script

To install, do, as root: cd /usr/local/bin; wget -Nc; chmod +x exoodles; exoodles


Here are some popular multimedia packages for you to install.
You can install them one at a time.
When you are done, just hit the quit number and the script will exit.
1 - mplayer installs mplayer + w32codecs and all related multimedia packages.
2 - mozilla-mplayer Installs firefox mozilla-mplayer plugin + w32codecs
(Removes kaffeine-mozilla firefox plugin if required.)
3 - k9copy Installs k9copy and related libraries.
4 - acroread Installs Adobe acroread pdf reader.
5 - mozilla-acroread Installs firefox mozilla-acroread pdf reader plugin.
6 - realplayer Installs realplayer proprietary Real Audio media player.
7 - libdvdcss Installs dvd playback libs.
8 - lame Installs program to allow encoding of mp3 files.
9 - ffmpeg ffplay multimedia player, ffserver streaming server
and the ffmpeg audio and video encoder. Supports most existing file formats (AVI,
MPEG, OGG, Matroska, ASF...) and encoding formats (MPEG, DivX, MPEG4, AC3, DV...)
10 - flash Installs flash support for web browsers
11 - java Installs java support for web browsers
12 - quit Exit script.
Please type the appropriate number and hit enter.

jdkaye 02-24-2009 01:58 AM

Hi CE,
Would it be possible to make your post a "sticky". It would be a good reference to keep handy since we get so many queries on this subject. It's real contribution you have made.

craigevil 02-24-2009 12:46 PM

Bacially all the script does is add the repo to your sources.list, run apt-get update then does apt-get install for whatever options you choose.

It was created by one of the sidux guys since they won't let you even discuss dmm in their forum. Nothing you can't do just as easy, but for people that are new to debian it makes a few things a bit easier.

craigevil 06-27-2009 11:21 AM

exnoodles along with using smxi for upgrades tends to make running Debian pretty darn simple.

The Story of smxi :: And Other Related Matters.
" * Script Start Tests - Initial script start up, checks for issues, system support, etc. The first time you run smxi it will also ask you some preference questions, which it stores for future reference.
* Sync Apt - Initialize apt by running apt-get/aptitude update. This lets it discover the latest kernel version in apt, either for sidux or Debian, depending on your choices and selections, and what system you're running.
* System and Upgrade Information - Show your system information, including when the last time you ran smxi, the last dist-upgrade/upgrade using smxi, and the last time apt itself was used. This information is also available any time, in or out of X, by running using this command: smxi -v
* Kernel Install - Next, unless you have selected to skip it in options, comes kernel install. Kernel install is skipped until after the upgrade if the installed kernel version is 2 major versions under the newest (ie: 2.6.27 is latest, 2.6.25 is installed). Kernel install lets you pick from a range of kernel/module install/remove options.
* Upgrade Warnings - After kernel install, if you opt to continue, which you probably should do normally, you see the current warnings and alerts. These have 3 conditions, green, yellow, and red. Debian Sid/sidux users will almost never see the green condition, Debian Testing/Stable users will see it frequently. So don't worry if it's yellow and you're using a Sid system, that's normal, just make sure to read the alert message. If you forget it, you can always go to another terminal, and do this command: smxi -W w to see the latest alerts without actually starting smxi again.
* Pre Upgrade Fixes - Once you decide to do the upgrade (or you can skip it here), the pre upgrade fixes, if any, will run, as well as pre upgrade hold/install tests, if applicable (mostly these are for Debian Sid systems).
* Config Files and Start Upgrade - After the fixes run, you will see a list of config files to answer y/n to. Take a note of these, if you forget them, you can use smxi -W c in another console session to review them at any time.
* Main Upgrade - Then the upgrade will run. Always check to see if anything suspicious is happening before saying 'y' do the dist-upgrade/upgrade.
* Post Upgrade Choices - After the upgrade, you'll get some more options, to repeat it, try to fix something that broke, etc. Then you can continue on. Sometimes, rarely, a fix will run after the upgrade as well.
* Post Upgrade Options - Next you come to the main script library module function handler, the Post Upgrade Options section, which offers a range of choices. You can do a variety of actions here, including:
o Package Install - a variety of package install options, in groups, ie: utilities, non free stuff (like Opera or Flash), installer (check it out, it's quite complete), servers (nfs/samba/apache/php/mysql) and so on.
o Package removal - remove packages, clean up your system of unwanted packages, like wifi stuff, isdn, etc.
o Cleanup - cleanup system, kernels, system cruft.
o Miscellaneous Tweaks - a wide variety of different options, check them out, or see the navigation page for full listings.
o Virtual Machine Installer - Starts svmi, which lets you pick some popular options, like vmware player or virtualbox ose / non-ose.
o Kernel Options - Same as you saw prior the upgrade, but you can access it from there too if you prefer, or need to, install your kernel after the upgrade.
o Continue to Graphics - for non free graphics driver install. If you don't use a non free graphics driver like nVidia or Fglrx, you can exit, (to reboot etc), here, or start your desktop, if you didn't get a new kernel installed.
* Graphics Install Question - The last real step in smxi is the graphics installer question, which starts sgfxi with the proper driver, or whatever option there you select. Gives a range of options depending on your card type, if it's free or non free drivers, etc. If you need more fine tuned options, you can always start sgfxi directly, after you check out its sgfxi -h help menu for a full current list of options.

That's the basic outline of what the scripts do, whether you run them alone or as standalone doesn't really matter, but it's generally easier to just run it all directly from smxi I find, but each to their own. "

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