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Old 08-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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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:

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/
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.

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.

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Go here for information about extra repositories
Priorities are explained here
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.
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What's wrong with RPMForge?

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
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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
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Problem solved! For the solution, see my thread on this forum:

Thanks for all your help.

Bill (aka Ken)


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