LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 08-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
billquinn
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Posts: 40

Rep: Reputation: 1
Installing VLC Player on CentO 6.3 Computer


I need to install VLC after moving from Fedora to CentOS 6.3. With Fedora, this was very easy using RPMFusion repositories. However, as I understand it, this is not a good option with CentOS. I came across this thread on another forum:

http://scientificlinuxforum.org/inde...showtopic=1425

I went there and read through it because I also need to install the VLC player on my new CentOS 6.3 system.

In post 1 of the link, tux99 provides a simple set of instructions that even I can follow:

su - root
cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
wget http://pkgrepo.linuxtech.net/el6/release/linuxtech.repo
yum install vlc

I'd like to do this, but the three-page thread mentioned a few things that made me a bit cautious.

(1) The instructions use a third-party repository--tux99's own repo. This is discussed in the thread because of the danger of overwriting base packages.

(2) The thread also has some discussion of giving "priorities" to yum. I've never done this. I think this involves some kind of plugin?? Anyway, I don't know how to do it. However, here's a quote from tux99 in the thread that seems to imply that there is no need for setting repo "priorities." In fact, tux99 WANTS to overwrite two buggy base packages. So if I understand this correctly, I should NOT set any priorities.

Quote:
There are two packages in the linuxtech-release repo that replace EL6 packages, gstreamer-plugins-bad replaces the gstreamer-plugins-bad-free from EL6 and libvpx-0.9.6 replaces the old libvpx-0.9.0 from EL6.

I agree with you that 3rd party packages should never overwrite or replace base packages and that's why I created linuxtech-backports.

But in the case of gstreamer-plugins-bad and libvpx I made exceptions because Redhat is almost completely ignoring bug reports with regards to audio/video packages...

Also both gstreamer-plugins-bad-free and libvpx are very marginal packages, IIRC no other official EL6 package uses them apart from totem so replacing them doesn't introduce any instability. With regards to totem I tested it extensively with my gstreamer-plugins-bad replacement package and found no problems.
QUESTION: Can I procede with tux99's simple instructions above without harming anything on my (brand new!) OS??

Thanks so much.

Bill
 
Old 08-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
DavidMcCann
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
Posts: 5,126

Rep: Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709Reputation: 1709
Go here for information about extra repositories
http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalRes...epositories%29
Priorities are explained here
http://wiki.centos.org/PackageManagement/Yum/Priorities
I use 1 for CentOS, 2 for EPEL, and 3 for RPMfusion. Anyone who says they're not needed is talking rubbish, unless they use "protect base" instead.

A quick check shows VLC is available in one of my repositories.
 
Old 08-08-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
abrinister
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2010
Location: /home
Distribution: RL: Arch x64 VM: Debian
Posts: 460

Rep: Reputation: 38
What's wrong with RPMForge?

Alex Brinister
 
Old 08-09-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
John VV
LQ Muse
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,400

Rep: Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584
what is wrong
well 6 IS BETTER than 5
however there is still some incompatibility with the base CentOS and ScientifigLinux updates

in a utopia there would not be any issues
but there are . Mostly in multimedia programs

also the RpmForge repo replace some ( critical SYSTEM )Cent packages and that can sometimes cause issues with OTHER repos

think of it this way

On a MS windows box you have what is called " DLL hell "
with RHEL/CentOS/SL/Fedora you have " rpm hell"

but this is do to incompatible repos

it is A LOT better than it used to be , but..........
 
Old 08-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
billquinn
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Posts: 40

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1
Problem solved! For the solution, see my thread on this forum:

http://scientificlinuxforum.org/inde...showtopic=1825

Thanks for all your help.

Bill (aka Ken)
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
problem in installing vlc-player shahidiqbal Linux - Newbie 6 02-15-2012 09:53 PM
Problem installing VLC Player karthickk02 Linux - Newbie 6 08-15-2011 01:55 PM
vlc player not installing completely suse_kid SUSE / openSUSE 1 05-21-2011 08:18 PM
Installing VLC player... dhilip134 Linux - Software 4 10-19-2009 04:47 AM
Problems Installing VLC Player. LoveKing Linux - Software 7 03-29-2006 11:02 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:23 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration