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Old 03-22-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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VLC installation on fedora 3 i686 (2.6.9-1.667)


hi,
i'm using fedora 3. My problem is when i run the configure file of VLC media player i get the following error (i have even installed ffmpeg in my home directory)


checking for avcodec_init in -lavcodec... no
configure: error: Could not find ffmpeg on your system: you may get it from http://ffmpeg.sf.net/ (cvs version is recommended). Alternatively you can use --disable-ffmpeg to disable the ffmpeg plugins.


please help me

 
Old 03-22-2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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run
./configure --help | less
and check the options available
You will probably need to give the location of where you installed ffmpeg to as an option to configure, as it will only search in the standard locations like /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin
Easier yet - install ffmpeg system-wide to /usr/local/bin - so it does not mess up the installation done by your package management system - then configure will likely find it automatically.
 
Old 03-23-2006, 02:38 AM   #3
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why are u waisting time compiling. Download videlan-client (VLC) from freshrpms.net. You should find all dependencies there.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 08:39 PM   #4
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thanx for replying,

i did install the ffmpeg in /usr/local/bin, but it still not recognizing it. what could be the problem ? i don't know where it expects it to find it because it wasn't mentioned in
./configure --help

any way i was successful in installing the RPM package, but still i've heard compiling from the source is always better than RPM.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 01:32 AM   #5
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But it was mentioned quite a few times...

When I run ./configure --help | less I get besides the other things...:
Code:
./configure --help | less
...
--enable-ffmpeg         ffmpeg codec (default enabled)
...
Codec plugins:
    --with-mad=PATH       path to libmad
    --with-mad-tree=PATH  mad tree for static linking
    --with-ffmpeg-config-path=PATH ffmpeg-config path (default search in \$PATH)
    --with-ffmpeg-mp3lame specify if ffmpeg has been compiled with mp3lame support
    --with-ffmpeg-faac    specify if ffmpeg has been compiled with faac support
    --with-ffmpeg-dts     specify if ffmpeg has been compiled with dts support
    --with-ffmpeg-zlib    specify if ffmpeg has been compiled with zlib support
    --with-ffmpeg-tree=PATH ffmpeg tree for static linking
...
How did you install ffmpeg? Just the binary won't be enough - the header files and libraries (should be in /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib now) are also needed.

This is exactly why it is almost always better to use the precompiled binaries - unless you have a specific reason to compile yourself (features missing / speed issues).

Bear in mind that by installing self-compiled software to /usr/bin you will interfere with the package-management of your distro.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 06:48 AM   #6
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thanx for the reply,

i however compiled and installed the player (vlc 0.8.0). The player does come up on screen but if i clicked on any buttons
i.e., to open a media file or even just clicking on the player, there's an error shown in the terminal which is:

skins2 interface error: No suitable dialogs provider found

i even tried installing from the RPM (vlc 0.8.1), it works fine but there is no option to change the skin of the player.

the player that i compiled looks very different & even better than the RPM package.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 08:34 AM   #7
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vlc 0.8.4 is the latest version - I get no such error with this version.
The configure-option:
--enable-skins2
is marked as experimental (configure --help output...) and may need to be turned on explicitly
I'm happy with the default wxwidgets style as it fits better into my gnome desktop - no errors even with a different skin.
 
  


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