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Old 02-20-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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How to setup directfb with mplayer properly?

Hi everybody,

Since i want to play movie and display jpg on console (FC8 without X11),

1. Get directfb source from (directfb-1.1.1.tar.gz)
2. Configure grub.conf file, vga = 794 for (/dev/fb0)
3. Configure file to set /usr/local/lib and then ldconfig
4. install libjpeg6, zlib, libpng
5. Extract directfb-1.1.1.tar.gz and ./configure --disable-X11 and make and make install
6. installation successfully.

7. Get mplayer source from mplayerhq.hl (MPlayer v1.0rc2 source)
8. Extract it and ./configure and make and make install
9. Everything is okay.

Then i tried to play movie in console first, Type

mplayer -vo directfb xxx.mpg

It can't success and show the error message:

MPlayer interrupted by signal 6 in module: decode_video
- MPlayer crashed. This shouldn't happen.
It can be a bug in the MPlayer code _or_ in your drivers _or_ in your
gcc version. If you think it's MPlayer's fault, please read
DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports.html and follow the instructions there. We can't and
won't help unless you provide this information when reporting a possible bug.

1. Does anyone how to fix it?
2. Also, how to i display jpg in console?

thx a lot

Old 04-11-2021, 09:53 PM   #2
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Hi George

One thing to watch out for is that you have permissions to access the framebuffer.

ls -l on mine gives:
crw-rw---- 1 root video 29, 0 2021-03-31 15:23 /dev/fb0

Being in the video group works for me, but it may be a different group in your distro. If it says `root root' then try (as root or with sudo) `chgrp video /dev/fb0; chmod g+rw /dev/fb0' (or a group you're in if not the video group (check with the `groups' command)).

You might also want to run `ldd' on the mplayer binary, to check it's linked to the right things.

I've been using `mplayer -vo fbdev2' to play videos in the console for a while, so try and see if that works too, but if you really want get directfb working, then I am also working on it at the moment and I'll report back with any success/failures.

I find that mpv with drm support also works, but it's only fullscreen - you can't make positioned/resized windows like you can with mplayer + fbdev2.

For displaying static images, I use `fim' (fbi improved), which is a fork of `fbi' and tends to work better. It also comes with a `fimgs' shell script to display PDFs and postscript files (You need ghostscript installed for this). MPlayer does also display static images, but if works better with animations like MNGs (not sure about animated GIFs, but they can be converted with ImageMagick). Static images often disappear before you can see them properly in mplayer.

Hope this helps.

Edit* There is a man page for directfbrc(5) you may want to look at if you haven't already. There are a lot of options that can put into /etc/directfbrc, or one in $HOME.

Last edited by dive; 04-11-2021 at 10:11 PM.
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Is this a glitch in the forum software, or did you really just (in 2021) reply to an unanswered question from 2008?
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Damn, I was searching for something and this link came up as the first result, then I read the date backwards! yy-mm-dd

Oh well.
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