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Old 06-16-2003, 07:11 PM   #1
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Angry TAR and MPlayer

Hi After trying to install rpm's of other software and not having any success ie wont install because file blaa blaa is not their and the word dependency keeps coming up it's not a nice word I decided after looking at the forum that I would be better installing Mplayer from source caus I want to watch a DVD and downloaded the MPlayer-0.90.tar.bz2 but now what to do
if I type tar -xf MPlayer-0.90.tar.bz2 i get
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

This is very bad if your not a teck head the info in the readme makes no sense am thinking of going back to MS
Can anyone help with simple lingo please
Old 06-16-2003, 07:15 PM   #2
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tar -xjvf MPlayer-0.90.tar.bz2

Its not a gzipped file, a bz2 file is zipped using bunzip so you have to use the j option to unzip using tar.
Old 06-16-2003, 09:53 PM   #3
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Since you are using RH, you can go to and downlaod apt and synaptic.
Once you have installed these, type synaptic at command line and then forget about Dependecy Hell...

Hope that helps...
Old 06-17-2003, 02:29 AM   #4
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Thanks chem1Im downloading them now.
Is their a program for downloading that picks up the download again if you get cut off


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