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Old 11-06-2005, 04:06 PM   #1
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Mplayer dependencies not installable...


I have a brand new testing netinstall system. I have everything configured and working besides embedded video. Naturally I have tried to install mplayer I get this message:

# apt-get install mplayer-386
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
mplayer-386: Depends: libbio2jack0 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libdirectfb-0.9-20 but it is not installable
Depends: libjack0.80.0-0 (>= 0.99.0) but it is not installable
E: Broken packages

Now, I have tired to use the fix function. No help. As there is nothing to fix according to apt/synaptic. I have tired to force but it still won'tr work. I have tried to install the dependencies manually but they are the wrong version number. My sources are the standard debian sources for etch plus marillat etch main. Has anyone ran into the same or similar errors? Are there any fixes or work arounds? Thanks.

Old 11-06-2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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Seems that libdirectfb and libjack are the problems. Use aptitude and try to see why they will not install. Possibly some other package that conflicts with them is preventing you from installing these two.
Old 11-16-2005, 09:42 PM   #3
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Add this to sources.list :

### Mplayer dependency ###
deb etch main

worked for me
Old 11-17-2005, 04:47 AM   #4
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Hey, I had the same problems with marillat. Now I just downloaded the mplayer package from:

Go to "where can I download the debian package" , then download the most recent package from there.

And download "all codecs" from .


Old 11-17-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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Originally posted by gunnix
Go to "where can I download the debian package" , then download the most recent package from there.
You don't have to go through all that trouble.
Just add the repos below to your sources.list.

The mplayer application & codecs will then be installable.

n# apt-cache policy w32codecs
  Installed: 1:20050412-0.0
  Candidate: 1:20050412-0.0
  Version table:
 *** 1:20050412-0.0 0
         90 unstable/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

# apt-cache policy mplayer-386
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 1:1.0-pre7-0.0
  Version table:
     1:1.0-pre7-0.0 0
         90 unstable/main Packages
Old 11-18-2005, 03:22 AM   #6
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The "debian-marillat" repository recently changed the repository names:

stable -> sarge
testing -> etch

I was fooled by this and it took me a while to figure this out... So make sure that your /etc/apt/sources.list is pointing to these new directories.
Old 12-04-2005, 01:45 PM   #7
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I was running into the same problem.

My problem was fixed by simply adding the sarge lines in my /etc/apt/sources.list file! duuuuuuh. whoops. Maybe next time I'll check that first.

If you don't have those, you can't get the older versions of those libs (with apt-get). So I suggest keeping the nerim lines in your sources file and adding the debian sarge lines.

so here is my /etc/apt/sources.list file (for all the noobs out there)

#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

# Sarge
deb sarge/updates main contrib non-free
deb sarge main contrib non-free

# Etch
deb etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb etch main contrib non-free

# other shit
deb etch main
Old 12-05-2005, 03:43 PM   #8
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OK I have the same problem with mplayer and other stuff that does not run in etch right now. My etch a month ago was running great... until I had to reinstall from scratch. Now I try to reinstall etch and can't the same stuff as I had 2 days before! Confusing and fustrating.

Have few short questions about the fix proposed above.

(1) Isn't it so that /etc/apt/sources.list is prioritised from top to bottom? So actually, if am running etch, shouldn't I be putting the lines concerning ETCH first, and then does extra ones from SARGE?

(2) Actually wouldn't it be more interesting to put SID instead of SARGE as a complementary repository? (newer stuff, compared to conservative stable/sarge)

(3) Can't I just take marillat's SID version, or will that not work with the rest of my Debian's main ETCH stuff?

For the time being I have been keeping cool with the issue, since there is no hurry on my side, but is this an issue seriously being worked on? It doesn't concern only marillat but also other stuff I would like to get back: baghira (mac style kde-window theme), amarok, k3b, etc... In other words, how long could this take to get back to "normal"? (oh wait, this is the normal linux struggle-to-install style...)

Thanks for any help on the above. Haven't tried mixing repositories of different branches, so I am trying to act cautiously as well.


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