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Old 06-01-2017, 10:57 PM   #1
Astr0
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Smile VLC Package Not Found [Debian]



Using Kali linux, trying to open mp4 files gives me a message that reads "Unable to play the file: text/html decoder is required to play the file but is not installed"

I decided to try to get vlc, however the package can not be found.
apt-get install vlc returns "E: Unable to locate the package vlc"
I read another thread which suggested apt-get update
apt-get update updated the package, but vlc still isn't found,I am having no luck trying to get an install that is not this way. I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide!

Thank you!
 
Old 06-01-2017, 11:34 PM   #2
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What is the output of

Code:
cat /etc/apt/sources.list
That lists the repos your system is configured to use. Be sure to surround the output with "code" tags, which become available when you click the "Go Advanced" button at the bottom of the "compose post" window.

Please note that Kali is very specifically designed for pen-testing and is not designed to be used as a general-purpose system (that is, the type of system on which one would find VLC). The Kali maintainers caution against using it for anything other than its stated purpose and I would not be at all surprised if the repos where VLC resides are not in the default list of repos.

If you wish to use it as a general-purpose desktop distro, you might be well advised to consider a distro designed for that purpose instead of Kali, and, instead, run Kali as Live CD or as a VM to explore the world of pen-testing.

And welcome to LQ.

Last edited by frankbell; 06-01-2017 at 11:41 PM.
 
Old 06-01-2017, 11:44 PM   #3
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Hi & Welcome to Linux Questions.

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apt-get install vlc returns "E: Unable to locate the package vlc"
That means it's not in the repo.

You can download VLC from here and install it fairly easy.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/#download

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-debian.html

If those links don't work for you try here: vlc_2.0.3-1-bpo60+_amd64.deb
http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-P...-75794862.html
 
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:06 AM   #4
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Hi & Welcome to Linux Questions.

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apt-get install vlc returns "E: Unable to locate the package vlc"
That means it's not in the repo.

You can download VLC from here and install it fairly easy.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/#download

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-debian.html

If those links don't work for you try here: vlc_2.0.3-1-bpo60+_amd64.deb
http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-P...-75794862.html
No, please. That package you have in repos of all versions of Debian, from Wheezy to experimental. So, it is better to see what is causing his apt not to see it, than to mess things up further. Or, even if he wants to download deb and install it, he should download from debian repos relative to his version of Kali, not from somewhere else. Specially not from pages that gets blocked in browser because of badware.
 
Old 06-04-2017, 01:58 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Astr0 View Post
Using Kali linux, trying to open mp4 files gives me a message that reads "Unable to play the file: text/html decoder is required to play the file but is not installed"
this could mean that what you think is an .mp4 file, is in fact a .html file.

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Originally Posted by dejank View Post
No, please. That package you have in repos of all versions of Debian, from Wheezy to experimental. So, it is better to see what is causing his apt not to see it, than to mess things up further.
totally agree!
 
Old 06-04-2017, 02:14 PM   #6
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Please post the output of the command that frankbell wrote in post #2.
 
Old 06-04-2017, 07:49 PM   #7
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here is your first major problem on playing a video
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Using Kali linux, trying to open mp4 files
please READ!!!!
http://docs.kali.org/introduction/sh...use-kali-linux

you CAN NOT!!! run VLC as the "root" user
and Kali is ONLY THE ROOT USER!!!!!

you have to run it a a NON root user

also vlc 2 IS in the kali repos

Last edited by John VV; 06-04-2017 at 07:51 PM.
 
Old 06-05-2017, 02:45 PM   #8
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http://docs.kali.org/community/kali-linux-mirrors

http://docs.kali.org/faq/kali-sources-list-faq
 
  


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