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Old 11-25-2004, 06:45 PM   #1
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help installing mplayer

I'm a complete newbie im using fedora core 2 and I'm trying to install mplayer i have read many tutorials but i dont understand them. can anybody tell me how to install it. i download this files:
Abyss-1.1.tar.bz2 (this is the skin)
The only thing that i could understand and i did was to extract the codecs to /usr/local/lib/codecs/
and that i have to extract the font to /usr/local/share/mplayer/font/ and the skin to /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/
im using the readme file from i found it more simple and less complicated than all the others.thanks
Old 11-25-2004, 07:36 PM   #2
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( i don't think you need the "current " )
type " tar xvjf MPlayer-2.0pre5.tar.bz2 " in the dir where the file is ( normally your home-dir )
cd to the mplayer-dir wich is just created
then just start at step 3 " ./configure --enable gui " etc.
if you just follow instructions all should work. ( you might need to get more codecs to play everything you want ( like the windows-codecs ) )

good luck

Old 11-25-2004, 07:37 PM   #3
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You need to extract the source and run the configure script, compile it and finally install it. This assumes that you have a fully functional development environment with a compiler, development libraries and helper applications. Most distributions provide a simple way of installing all this (or most of it) using the distribution's package manager.

So, first create a temporary directory to build in:
mkdir ~/build
Untar the source:
cd ~/build
tar xfvz /path/to/MPlayer-1.0pre5.tar.bz2

A list of the files will float by quickly if you did this right, and then you'll end up with a MPlayer-1.0pre5 directory. cd into it.

The configure script that comes with mplayer is quite advanced and allows for enabling and disabling a zillion of different features. To view your options, type ./configure --help | less. "less" is a pager - a sort of a viewer where you can scroll up and down and read the text that would have scrolled by very quickly. Press the Q key to exit less.

Some of the options you will want to have is --enable-gui which enables the graphical user interface of mplayer called gmplayer, the others ones I will leave up to you. The script will auto-detect most options.
When done, you should type execute the configure script with whatever options you have chosen - ./configure --enable-gui --enable-foo --enable-bar --disable-baz or whatever you choose.
When the script has successfully completed, type make to compile the source into a usable application. When this is done (it will take a while) you can install it, but you need to be the root user to do this. Type su -c "make install" and enter the root password when prompted to install mplayer. This should be it.

Untar mplayer skins in ~/.mplayer/Skin and create a symbolic link ~/.mplayer/Skin/default to the directory which contains your preferred skin in order to set a default skin for the GUI gmplayer.

Old 11-26-2004, 10:42 AM   #4
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thanks guys


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