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Old 07-14-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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Ffmpeg package on Debian stable repositories and debian-multimedia : might be broken


I am trying to do some multimedia things with Debian Stable Squeeze.

The choice of Debian Stable (Squeeze) is for its stability. It is indeed true, most packages are very stable compared to wheezy. Plus the Squeeze is much faster than wheezy.

If I install ffmpeg with this following sources.list, I have a problem that I cannot stream my webcam within my intranet by using ffserver. It seems that ffserver is not fully functioning. Actually whatever I may time then I get it stating that it does not work.

my sources.list:
deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

# yes/no for ffmpeg:
# deb squeeze main

I upgraded the ffmpeg package with
It is great because ffserver works now. However the ffplay program does not work any more very well. Most options are not working any longer. So it cannot play the stream of my other pc running ffserver (webcam streaming with and without audio).

my sources.list:
deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

deb squeeze main
I am not allowed to install the backports of Squeeze.

Using Debian Stable, let you facing having non stable packages sometimes, and I wished that it would have been better tested before the Debian dev releases packages from SID to Testing, and then to Stable

Mencoder might be an alternative
Old 07-15-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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the deb-multimedia repo is not an official Debian repo and has nothing to do with the stability of Debian.

I am not allowed to install the backports of Squeeze.
What the heck does that mean?

You cannot use backports because you do not have it in your sources.list.

I would suggest a sources.list similar to:
# Stable 
#deb squeeze main contrib non-free 
# Stable Sources
#deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free 

# Security Updates
#deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free 

# Squeeze-updates 
#deb squeeze-updates main contrib non-free

# Debian Stable Backports 
# For information visit -
# deb squeeze-backports main contrib non-free

# Debian Stable Multimedia
# deb squeeze main non-free
# deb squeeze-backports main


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