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Old 12-03-2004, 12:21 PM   #1
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unistalling problem

I tried to install the w32 codec from rpm to use with Xine. Installed it and couldn't get xine to play windows media player. I use other movie players so i was going to uninstall xine but figured i'd unstall the codec first. As root i typed rpm -ev packagename and it said w32 was not installed so i tried intalling again as root i typed rpm -iv packname and it says w32 codec already installed but i still can't use it with xine and i tried to configure xine but don't see any options under codec or video (no options actually) that seems to enable the codec. Can anyone help me with this?
Old 12-03-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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"packagename" can be tricky. What did you use for the "packagename" when trying to erase it? One mistake people who are new to rpm usually make is they take the package filename for the packagename, but it's not. For example, if i had this package file, i'd install/upgrade it by:

rpm -Uvh

(by the way, you don't want to rpm -i, do rpm -Uvh and it upgrades the package if it's already there, otherwise it just installs)

To remove:

rpm -e

Note that the package name here is the filename minus the architecture and the "rpm" extension.

If you only recall part of a package name and want to get its fullname, you can do this:

rpm -qa | grep w32
(result should be:

For your problem, try using mplayer. It supports more formats than xine. You might want to remove the xine version that comes from Fedora web site and get the xine version posted here Due to legal reasons, Fedora can't add support for many formats.

Last edited by triet; 12-03-2004 at 01:31 PM.
Old 12-03-2004, 01:43 PM   #3
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thanks. now i understand rpm a little better.


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