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Old 03-01-2005, 08:40 PM   #1
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xmms on Fedora - newbie's head is swimming

I'd like to apologize for posting what may be a redundant thread; I know that other users have posted with similiar problems, but I have read those threads and have still be unable to solve my problem. I'm trying to install xmms on my fedora core 3 machine, but it just isn't working.

At first I was getting an error about glib. After much trouble, I was able to get past that, but now I'm getting an error about GTK.

What I'm doing is going into the uncompressed directory with the source files for xmms that I downloaded from sourceforge. In that dir, I issue the command './configure' and get the following error:

checking for glib-config... /usr/bin/glib-config
checking for GLIB - version >= 1.2.2... yes
checking for gtk-config... no
checking for GTK - version >= 1.2.2... no
*** The gtk-config script installed by GTK could not be found
*** If GTK was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in
*** your path, or set the GTK_CONFIG environment variable to the
*** full path to gtk-config.
configure: error: *** GTK+ >= 1.2.2 not installed - please install first ***

ok, so now I guess it needs this GTK+, whatever that is. No worries, I'll just download the rpm and install that, right? =D Not quite =( I fire up rpmfind and run a search on 'gtk+' and get some nice results. ok, everything looks good =) I go ahead and download 'gtk+-1.2.10-33.i386.rpm' from the Fedora Core 3 section, and then try to execute the file as root from the command line with the command 'rpm -iv gtk+-1.2.10-33.i386.rpm' . BUT now i get a really interesting error message:

warning: gtk+-1.2.10-33.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 4f2a6fd2
Preparing packages for installation...
package gtk+-1.2.10-33 is already installed

So now I'm wondering what the heck is going on... xmms claims that gtk+ isn't installed, or that it can't find it. The gtk+ rpm claims that it IS installed. So I guess logically gtk must be iinstalled, but xmms just can't find it? (Maybe I'm wrong here and it's something else??)
Despite extensive googling and looking on this site and the gtk+ home page, I haven't been able to find much help/

Where is gtk+ installed by default? Once I find that install location, would simply adding that to my PATH make this xmms problem go away? Any ideas or input at all would be greatly appreciated =D


OK, reviewing this post a pretty obvious error jumped out at me - xmms was demanding GTK+ >= 1.2.2. It was trying to install gtk+ 1.2.1, which isn't a high enough version. OK, maybe now I'm getting somewhere - except that all the rpms I'm finding for fedora 3 are 1.2.1. I managed to grab 'gtk+-1.2.6-1.src.rpm' from rpmfind . net, but it was for redhat 6.0 (again, I couldn't find anything for fedora) This rpm seemed to install fine with the output:

rpm -iv gtk+-1.2.6-1.src.rpm
warning: gtk+-1.2.6-1.src.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID db42a60e

(That looks ok, I think...)

but when I try to run ./configure in xmms again, I still get the same exact error message as before =( Again, any help would be appreciated

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Old 03-01-2005, 09:14 PM   #2
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Have you checked out this page?

Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks

Make sure you replace the variables $releasever and $basearch with the results produced by the command:

uname -r -p

# Red Hat & Fedora links
The Fedora HOWTO explains the different software managers.
Maximum RPM
Easier software management: apt4rpm
Fedora Core 1 Tips and Tricks
Fedora Core 2 Tips and Tricks
Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks
apt, yum, and up2date repository settings (configuration files) for Fedora Core 3
# Handling NTFS
New Technology FileSystem (NTFS) HOWTOs
Linux NTFS project

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Old 03-01-2005, 09:38 PM   #3
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Talking Thany kindly

Thank you ever so much fancypiper =) xmms is now working, thanks to a few easy 'yum' commands. Not only did those links sovle my problem, they gave me a whole list of new resources to check out for information about my new system. I guess my project for tomorrow is to read all the yum documentation and anything else interesting in these links

"A sweeter sound was never heard then mp3s playing over my speakers after 2 hours of trying to get xmms to work"
-AMW, 03/01/05
Old 03-01-2005, 09:54 PM   #4
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Ogg sounds better than mp3, BTW. Don't bother trying to convert mp3 to oggvorbis, though as you are creating an extra "generation" of the orig. wav sound. When making your "jukebox" from your legally owned CDs, convert to oggvorbis format and give these a listen and then try an mp3. Listen carefully to any reed instruments for any "artifacts" caused by the encoding.

12 GB of oggvorbis files and growing. Now, to record some old tapes and vinyl and get those encoded.....

Last edited by fancypiper; 03-01-2005 at 09:55 PM.
Old 03-15-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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xmms on Fedora - newbie's head is swimming

You need to get gtk+-devel package installed to be able to compile any application which uses gtk+ library.

In fact, on linux distros using binary packages, this is true for almost any library. If you want to use a library, just install it. But if you want to link against it, you must install the development package, which installs all the required infrastructure needed by developers, like header files, scripts which return compilation flags, and so on.

Note that the development package of the library must match exactly the same version as of the library package.

Duilio Protti.


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