Installing VLC

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Installing VLC

Postby The Albatross » 2007-08-01 08:08

Hi there,

I'm trying to install the VLC video player. When I choose the package vlc in synaptic I get this error message:
vlc:
Depends: vlc-nox but it is not going to be installed

When I try to install vlc-nox, I get this error message:
vlc-nox:
Depends: libavformat0d (>=0.cvs20060823) but it is not installable

When I search for libavformat, I get only a package named libavformat1d, which seems like a newer version.

How can I install VLC anyway?

Thanks in advance. :)
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Re: Installing VLC

Postby Shib » 2007-08-01 08:23

weird... try doing that from the command line... I've had some issues with synaptic and crypic/incorrect error messages.

apt-get install vlc

I've never had any issues doing it that way... but if it's saying that you're missing a dependancy that you can't get, you may need some better apt repo's.
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Postby The Albatross » 2007-08-01 08:45

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debian:/home/tomer# apt-get install vlc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  vlc: Depends: vlc-nox (= 0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-5etch1) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages


I believe libavformat0d was removed from the repo because it was too old, but the vlc package still depends on it.
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Postby b9anders » 2007-08-01 08:57

what version are you using? I had problems instaling vlc in etch a little while back, but it worked fine in lenny and sid.
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Postby izar » 2007-08-01 09:15

Could you paste the output of:
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cat /etc/apt/sources.list
and
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cat /etc/debian_version

vlc is only available from the official repositories for stable (etch) and unstable (sid), but not for testing (lenny).
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Postby The Albatross » 2007-08-01 09:21

I am using testing.
So, what are my options? I think I'd rather use the more stable build of vlc (meaning etch). How can I install vlc from stable without downgrading my whole system?

My sources.list file:

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# deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://mirror.isoc.org.il/pub/debian/ testing main contrib non-free


deb-src http://mirror.isoc.org.il/pub/debian/ testing main contrib non-free


(I am using an Israeli mirror)

Debian-version is lenny/sid.
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Postby garrincha » 2007-08-01 09:59

The Albatross wrote:I am using testing.
So, what are my options? I think I'd rather use the more stable build of vlc (meaning etch). How can I install vlc from stable without downgrading my whole system?


You could set up a mixed system, please read this section of APT HOWTO:
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-h ... lt-version
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Postby b9anders » 2007-08-01 10:02

I was sure it was in etch I had the problem, but I guess it must have been lenny then. :oops:

Here's a tutorial for maintaining a mixed system. Essentially, just

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nano /etc/at.conf


as root and paste in this line, whether the file is empty or not:

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APT::Default-Release "testing";


it will then prefer packages from lenny.

vlc from sid is perfectly stable for me btw.
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Postby The Albatross » 2007-08-01 10:14

Thanks, that did it. :)
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