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Old 11-03-2005, 01:04 PM   #1
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Zombie process - XMMS

Alright, well, XMMS will run when ran under root, but when I run it under user, I get a segfault. I've tried reinstalling xmms entirely, removed the .xmms dir from my home, what else can I do to fix this?

I had no problem running XMMS as user, til it crashed due to some playlist mishap, now I get segfaults whenever I run it as user.

$ ps auxc | grep 'Z'
carl 17452 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? Zs Nov01 0:06 xmms <defunct>
Old 11-03-2005, 05:07 PM   #2
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I think it is a good matter to inform Debian team about. From my experience I
can say XMMS is a strange program. I met segfault in different cases on
different machines. I do not know what does it concern but it really segfaults
quite often.
Old 11-03-2005, 07:06 PM   #3
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hmm, ok, in the meantime, would you happen to be able to recommend another multimedia(mp3) player?
Old 11-04-2005, 03:27 AM   #4
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I prefer - especially on my laptops - mp3blaster, which is console based, yet quite easy to use. It takes about third of the resources that XMMS does, but plays mp3/ogg nicely. It also has possibility to delete "bad items", so you can easily delete disfunctional songs from within it.

You could also try Amarok, which is ok but quite a bloat. Make sure you install amarok-xine -engine, because the default engine is extremely CPU consuming. It consumes about 50% of CPU power of a 800Mhz Athlon, whereas amorok-xine takes less than 20%, and mp3blaster less than 10%.

Gnome's Rhythmbox is nice if you have good quality, self-ripped mp3's and ogg's only: it relies heavily on metadata in the files, unlike file-based players like xmms.

Mplayer, xine and totem should also work ok, but they are more useful as video players.


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