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Old 11-30-2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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MP3 on FC4

Okay I followed the instructions on and they told me what to type so that MP3's would play on Linux and I followed the instructions, the first time I tried I didn't copy the code but it didn't work so I typed the code AGAIN and this is what game up.

Firstly, I dont understand... are all these packages in Linux but not installed? Or are they searched from a database somewhere? ... I really dont get how you just tell it to install a package and it does, and why it wouldn't have already...

Okay, well that first part is just for my own education really, my second part is that it didnt work, must I re-boot? Did I do something wrong? Do I have to download these packages and put them in some directory (which I assumed was the case until I tried it and saw several progress bars) ...

Yeah, so anyway thats what came up and it still dosent play MP3's... I tried the instructions for every other MP3 package mentioned on the site and same result. I also got that dumb "Nothing to do" on the bottom of both, what does it mean?

[root@x1-6-00-0d-60-8d-40-16 ~]# yum install gstreamer-plugins-mp3
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories [Errno 4] IOError: HTTP Error 404: Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 00:26:56 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.33 (Unix)
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Trying other mirror.
updates-released          100% |=========================|  951 B    00:00
extras                    100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
base                      100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
No Match for argument: gstreamer-plugins-mp3
Nothing to do
(sorry there are so many questions, but if someone else comes across this maybe they will find it useful if they are all answered, as for me, I only care about getting MP3's working... I learn well on my own but I need my music or I get bored)
Old 11-30-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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Ok firstly, your question about packages, basically yum is a program that interfaces with a database of packages and their dependencies (called a repository), that various wonderful people have setup and maintain for whatever reason. When you run the yum commands they are querying/contacting these repositories to get information on the packages (well their headers, to show whats available), and any others that are needed in order to resolve the dependencies of what you want. I

The reason the packages aren't on your system is because not everyone wants them, so by using Yum people have the choice of what they want, not things stuffed down their necks, but access to anything extra they need. Also saving muchio spacio

As for your particular problem, when you do yum install <package> it's querying your listed repositories (/etc/yum.repos.d/<repos> - take a look to better understand, following that faq you may have entered them into/etc/yum.conf

Now the search string you gave is quite specific, if you get no luck with a search, try and broaden it (likewise if you get too many, try and refine it).

I checked yum for gstreamer and got these packages listed:

That should do you. Of course i usually find the easiest way is using xmms with the xmms-mp3 plugin from yum, however i suspect you are going for Amarok, which i find a much superior player

Last edited by ethics; 11-30-2005 at 08:07 PM.
Old 11-30-2005, 08:04 PM   #3
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1) There is a database on your computer that is searched, that contains all the packages your computer can access, and where they are. The packages and all its dependencies are then downloaded and installed. The repositories are defined in (I think) /etc/yum.conf. See man yum for details.

2) No need to reboot.

3) If you read the output you posted, is says "No Match for argument: gstreamer-plugins-mp3" This means that yum did not find the package that you requested, so it has "Nothing to Do". Have you set up yum - ie added sources, and updated the list of packages on your computer. Before doing this, yum will not work. Search Google and this site for how to do this. Try Here

I hope this helps
Old 11-30-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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THANK YOU! I didn't realise it could be configured better, once I realised that (thanks to you both) I went to the site that told me what to do for MP3 and they tell you exactly how to add the repositories that the guy who runs the site has

The same page also led me to a graphical YUM that lets you browse the available packages and updates... I probably should have looked more before I came to you guys. Sorry bout that

Last edited by koricVI; 11-30-2005 at 08:26 PM.
Old 11-30-2005, 08:41 PM   #5
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No worries, happy to help as always but now you know and can do that next time (there will be lots of times )


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