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Old 07-30-2004, 04:49 AM   #1
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Guide on how to install RealPlayer for Debian/Xandros/Redhat/Fedora (for noobs)

I have had enough trouble with this so others probably have to. Here one way to install RealPlayer 8 on Debian/Xandros 2.0

Note: Specific computer information left out intentionally to protect the stupid (I.E. me). All directory paths listed here are valid for Debian Xandros. Directory paths for other OS's will vary a little.

Get the rpm from real download page . To download the software, some questions have to be filled in.

For type of OS select Linux 2.x (libc6 i386) RPM . There is a choice for a Debian based package, but I could not get it to work. If you download that package, this guide wont help much. I was able to get the RPM version to work so your choice.

Note that if you have an AMD processor choose the Pentium class option for the CPU question.

Fill in the other questions appropriately. I choose not to put a real email address or name because I do not know if Real spams or not. Do want you want in this area.

Click the
Download User Supported Player
button below the questions area.

Click on a link to a mirror and download the RPM

Once the player is downloaded, go to the directory where you saved the RPM

The filename should be similar to rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm

This needs to be changed. Rename the file.

>> mv rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm

Note: REDHAT/Fedora users skip this conversion step.

Debian user convert the file to debian format by using

>> alien rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm

The console should respond: "realplayer_8.0-2_i386.deb generated". Note the alien program changes the filename significantly.

Debian users can now install RealPlayer using

>> dpkg -i realplayer_8.0-2_i386.deb

If I remember Fedora correctly, Redhat/Fedora users should be able to skip the conversion step and just do an

>> rpm -i rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm

The player should now be installed as an executeable binary called realplay.

After the player installs, it still will not play audio in mozilla/Netscape since the browser does not know where realplay (the binary executable file for RealPlayer8) is located.
There is a file called installed during the setup. On my machine it happened to be in /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/ but I remember this is different on RedHat/Fedora.

As root, you can find where your rela player plugin file is by

>> find / -name

Make note of the path and filename. Go to the plugins directory for the browser. On my machine this happened to be /usr/local/mozilla/plugins. One way to find the directory may be to

>> find / -name mozilla


>> find / -name plugins

Either way the directory should be under the browsers main directory and not just off by itself.

Once the plugin directory is found, go to it. Inside the directory, set up a symbolic link back to the file. Because I was in the plugin directory already, I did a

>> ln -sv /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/ .

ln is the link creator. The -s tells it to create a symbolic link. The console should respond with a success message since the -v option is used.

Do a ls command to make sure the file is listed in the plugin directory.

Note the . (dot) argument at the end means current directory. Its not a typo.
You can set up the link without being in the directory by replacing the ending . with the full plugin directory name.

Good luck.
Old 08-14-2004, 01:18 PM   #2
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HI Jdruin, a very useful guide. I manage to install it to my Debian after following your guide.

Thankss a lotssss....
Old 08-14-2004, 01:37 PM   #3
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Great piece jdruin. It sure will benefit folks 'ere at LQ
Old 06-05-2005, 06:26 AM   #4
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RealPlayer in Debian Woody

I did exactly the same as you had written, i have written a sort of protocol what i did at.

I can change drivers in the View>Prefferneces... can shut down everything, i can restart the computer, but still the same message.

Maybe you can tell me your configuration.

the soundcard driver is i810. MPlayer,xmms works well with oss driver.

Tryed running realplayer as woot, still the same message "Cannot open audo device. Another application may be using it".

If not realplayer, maybe you can suggest some other program that can be used with Debian Woody to play realplayer files?
Old 06-05-2005, 08:55 AM   #5
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Hmm all I had to do was apt-get install realplay so much easier.

Then there is the "official" Real Player info on how to install:
Installation Instructions
- Ensure that the .bin file you downloaded is executable. You can make the .bin file executable by running the "chmod a+x RealPlayer10GOLD.bin" command from a terminal window.
- Run the .bin file by typing "./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin". Follow the prompts provided to finish installing the player.
- When you launch the player for the first time, a set-up assistant will take you through configuring your player.
- Enjoy your RealPlayer10 for Linux!

Mozilla Plugins: RealPlayer 10
1. Install RealPlayer 10.
2. Copy to your Mozilla plugins directory and nphelix.xpt to your Mozilla components directory.
3. Make sure a symbolic link to the realplay script is in your PATH.
Note: If you installed the RealPlayer 10 RPM, these files are located in /usr/local/RealPlayer/mozilla. "

Last edited by craigevil; 06-05-2005 at 09:07 AM.
Old 06-06-2005, 01:05 AM   #6
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Yes that would probably work. But as I see, you use debian sid, there would be no problems with installing the relatively new realplayer 10. I run Debian Woody, not compatible with 10. Finaly managed to install realplayer 8 on that old distro. I found it rp8 works with gnome, not with KDE, and you have to use eSound (esd) driver. It works, but rather unstable. In fact I have given up, probably upgrade to Debian Sarge after i will have upgraded my pc.
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You could try adding on of the following to your source.list
# backport of various packages to stable (woody) Architectures: all, i386
deb stable main

# Matches:
realplayer 8.0-2-khb1 (i386)

# various packages such as mplayer,realplayer,acroread...for unstable, testing and stable
# source packages are also given.
deb stable main
deb testing main
deb unstable main


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