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Old 09-01-2003, 11:45 PM   #1
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mplayer not found on apt-get

Okay... so we all know MPLAYER is the best player for playing windows files.... but it's the hugest hassle ever known.

You gotta get the skins, the dll... got to compile it, this that, yadda yadda.

When I used redhat 9 -- I went to and got the apt-get for redhat, and did apt-get install mplayer, boom, no frills, instant install

So now I'm a debian user...

root@UBER-term:/home/jon# apt-get install mplayer
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package mplayer

Not found... yes I did apt-get update

So... I went to the next available easy out....
mplayer-common-0.91-1.i386.rpm -- so I type rpm in my konsole --

root@UBER-term:/home/jon# rpm -ivh mplayer-common-0.91-1.i386.rpm
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - No such file or directory (2)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm

Damnit... so am I screwed at doing it the hard way?
Any suggestions?

Old 09-02-2003, 01:02 AM   #2
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You mean the best way? Looks like it

It's not that bad, really. You install the win32 codecs, install RealPlayer, then install the mplayer source, using controls that make it run better, and bam! You have a better player! Who'd have thought you could make great even better?

Old 09-02-2003, 01:11 AM   #3
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Re: mplayer not found on apt-get

Originally posted by jon_k

Damnit... so am I screwed at doing it the hard way?
Any suggestions?

02:58 AM Tue Sep 02: stephen @ ~]
>$ apt-cache policy mplayer
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version Table:

[02:58 AM Tue Sep 02: stephen @ ~]
>$ apt-cache search mplayer
mga-vid-source - Kernel driver for the back-end scaler on Matrox cards (source)
w32codecs-lite - Windows codecs (lite package)
libpostproc0 - Mplayer postproc shared libraries
libpostproc-dev - Mplayer postproc devel files
mplayer-mozilla - Embedded video player for mozilla
mplayer-doc - Documentation for mplayer
acidrip - ripping and encoding DVD tool using mplayer and mencoder
mencoder-386 - MPlayer's Movie Encoder
mencoder-686 - MPlayer's Movie Encoder
kplayer - A KDE media player based on MPlayer
lumiere - A GNOME frontend to mplayer
mencoder-k7 - MPlayer's Movie Encoder
mplayer-386 - The Ultimate Movie Player For Linux
mplayer-fonts - Fonts for mplayer
mplayer-686 - The Ultimate Movie Player For Linux
mplayer-k6 - transitional dummy package which can be safely removed
mplayer-k7 - The Ultimate Movie Player For Linux

[02:59 AM Tue Sep 02: stephen @ ~]
>$ apt-cache policy mplayer-686
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 1:0.91-0.0
  Version Table:
     1:0.91-0.0 0
        500 unstable/main Packages
So you want to install either a -386, -686 or -k7 mplayer. BTW on Debian you would use alien to convert an .rpm to a .deb and install it i.e. alien -i some.rpm as root with no guarentee what so ever that it will work correctly once installed.
Old 09-02-2003, 08:10 AM   #4
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....and if it isn't found on apt-get then you'll probably have to update your repository list to have more packages available to you..
is the file i am referring to..
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