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Old 05-06-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: Chennai, India
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This is how I configured VLC player in RHEL5.0

It was really nice to see my serious-looking RHEL5 desktop playing movies and songs!!! It took a lot of time for me to dig deep and deep to discover these 5 steps. So, I feel like a winner!! Let me share this happiness with my newbies...!! thanks a lot.!!!

Note: Without internet connection these steps wont work.

1.First install the rpmforge-release<version>.rpm which could be downloaded from
Now, install this rpm by means of double clicking on it from GUI or from command mode:
rpm -ivh rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm
This will automatically configure your yum. ( See the /etc/yum.repos.d directory.There will be a new file something with the extension of <rpmforgefilename>.repo)
2.Now, download the fribidi package from, because it seems like the fribidi rpm is not there in that rpmforge site). Install the fribidi by double clicking on that rpm or run
rpm -ivh <path>/fribidi0-0.10.4-0.i586.rpm. type yum clean all.
3b.type yum install SDL (If it does not configure SDL, then you can find this package in the Server directory of one of your 5 installation CDs or in the Server directory of the DVD)
3c.Now type yum install vlc.
4.It will take long time to install, about 43 packages or so.
5.After completion, log in as normal user into the GUI mode and go to Applications->Sound and Video -> vlc. open your favorite movie.!
Note: Root user will not be allowed to run vlc. You can run the program only as a normal user.!!

Last edited by saagar; 08-07-2009 at 11:03 AM.
Old 07-06-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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i see topic is quite old
but i want to know how to login as normal user?
i have installed vnc on my linux vps running centos 5
and i think vnc is as root user and i am unable to open VLC,please help thanks


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