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Old 10-16-2003, 04:59 PM   #1
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Problems Installing MPlayer, XMMS, and alsa-driver


I've been searching for rpms to allow mp3 and dvd playback on Red Hat 9. Decided on MPlayer and XMMS. Also needed to get my soundcard straightened out with alsa-driver.

I've tried to install them, and the only one that worked was the main XMMS rpm.

When I tried to install MPlayer (with rpm -ivf, linux returned:

x aalib is needed by
x alsa-lib is needed by
x faad2 is needed by
x lame is needed by is needed by is needed by is needed by
x libdv is needed by is needed by
x libdvdread is needed by is needed by
x libfame is needed by is needed by is needed by
x is needed by is needed by
libpostproc = is needed by is needed by
x lirc is needed by
lzo is needed by
mplayer-fonts is needed by

(ignore the x's -- they refer to rpms I started to download to try to fix the problem)

When I tried to install MP3 capability for XMMS (with rpm -ivf xmms-mp3-1.2.7-21.p.fr1.i386.rpm), linux returned:

warning: xmms-mp3-1.2.7-21.p.fr1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b

error: Failed dependencies:
xmms = 1:1.2.7 is needed by xmms-mp3-1.2.7-21.p.fr1

And as far as the alsa-drivers go, could somebody just detail for me the steps I need to go through to get RH9 to recognize my SB 16 PCI card? The sound card test works, but beyond that I get no sound out of the machine. I assumed running the alsa-driver rpm would work, but it's not installing. And, if it did install, where would I go from there to get RH9 to see my SB 16 PCI?

Anybody have any idea what's going on? I'm just starting to get comfortable with RPMs, but this little snag forces me to realize how little I actually know about the RPM deal. I'll get there.

Any help is appreciated.
Old 10-16-2003, 05:01 PM   #2
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xmms-mp3 is a package needed to play mp3s in XMMS, on Red Hat. You need the XMMS package as well.
Old 10-16-2003, 05:06 PM   #3
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It looks you downloaded non-RedHat packages. Mplayer website offers RedHat packages for example. Try with them.
Old 10-16-2003, 05:08 PM   #4
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Read this thread. Their is now easier way to install packages in RedHat then apt.
Old 10-16-2003, 06:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for advice everyone.

First, all the rpms I downloaded are for Red Hat. I got them from

Second, use of the apt thing presumes that I'm connected to a network right now on my RH9. Nope. Still can't get things worked out with my modem.

So I've been downloading RPMs on the WinXP side and using them from the RH9 side. It's sloppy, and I'm not proud of the method, but hey, gotta do what gets it done.

And it's not getting it done. Each time I rpm something I get a message that I need another RPM. It never ends.

Does anyone know how I get my sound card configured? I've installed the alsa-driver, util, and lib rpms, so I'm ready to go. I know I need to modify some config files somewhere, but I can't find what and how.

Thanks again.
Old 10-16-2003, 06:16 PM   #6
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rpm dependencies.... people alawys cry that its so hard to compile from source but it's not and there will be NO dependencies at all.

as for alsa... yes i know it's for gentoo, but has plenty of general configuration stuff too.
Old 10-16-2003, 08:23 PM   #7
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After initially trying to build a .src.rpm and getting an error, I thought the .rpms would be easier than building the .src.rpms, so I grabbed each rpm.

Now I've gone back to the .src.rpm, and I'm having problems again (this is for the alsa-driver stuff).

I'm getting the same error message as before:
error: db4 error(16) from dbenv->remove: Device or resource busy

I read on an archived forum at that this error message also popped up in a bug in something to do with rpm. Have I stumbled on that bug? I doubt it, but I thought it was worth asking--kinda tired of banging my head on a wall about the various steps to get freakin' sound out of my RH9 box.

(btw, missed it earlier, because I was going straight to, but has good doc files on setting up alsa installation if anybody out there is reading this and struggling with alsa, too. If only I could get my rpm skills down and work around this error message, I'd be home free.)
Old 10-18-2003, 08:50 PM   #8
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I've got Redhat 9 and this is what I did...

For MP3 playback in XMMS: xmms-mp3-1.2.7-21.p.fr1.i386.rpm
XMMS itself was already installed with Redhat...

The 3 RPMs for Mplayer are:

To install Mplayer, I used: rpm -ivh mplayer*
The notes said that there are cyclic dependencies for these packages.

Hope this helps...



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