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Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby unmutual » 2012-04-15 08:38

I have set up the multimedia repositories, downloaded and installed all the codecs and libraries that are, or should be, necessary to play multimedia in linux.
But I cannot play .wav files. Amarok plays everything else, including mp3, ogg, flac, but will not play .wav.

As an example, VLC throws up this error when I select it to play a .wav file

File reading failed:
VLC could not open the file "/usr/share/sounds/ir_begin.wav". (Permission denied)
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'file:///usr/share/sounds/ir_begin.wav'. Check the log for details.

I'm now going to try and find that 'log' as VLC doesn't tell you where it is located.

I've searched in apper and synaptic for "codecs", "wav", anything that I can think of that may relate to this.

Does anyone here have an idea?
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby unmutual » 2012-04-15 09:11

I can't find the VLC log file, but I have installed Audacious. When I try play a wav file in that I get
Cannot open /usr/share/sounds/chimes.wav: Permission denied.
No decoder found for file:///usr/share/sounds/chimes.wav.
This is getting annoying. I'm wasting so much time just trying to play a simple wav file.
This is, I fear, going to be the final straw. I've spent so much time over the last week fixing little issues here and there just to get basic stuff working that I am on the verge of wiping my linux hdd and going back to using my Win 7 install again.
I haven't used linux for about four years and was expecting improvements. If anything it's worse, everything is so fragmented.
People moaning about Unity, Gnome 3, forking Gnome 2, Cinnamon, Mate, KDE bloat, it goes on and on
This is 2012, it feels more difficult than it did in 2002. It certainly doesn't have the community feel it did back then.
Sorry for the rant but I really think I can't waste any more time.
Bye linux, and I am genuinely sorry to have to say that but it really is the end of the line as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-15 09:25

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I have set up the multimedia repositories

These are ever a source of problems for me. They are not official Debian packages in any case.

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Bye linux, and I am genuinely sorry to have to say that but it really is the end of the line as far as I'm concerned.

If you want help you will get very good help here. If you want to complain and make threats to go back to Windows no one will bother to answer. There are sheep and shepherds and also free men like myself. I care little about the former.

Playing wav files has nothing to do with Linux save alsa drivers. About that you mention other sound files working. Here is my default "aptitude install vlc" of vlc playing a wav file. So I am wondering what the user error is here.
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Permissions denied sounds iffy. I am going to looking into what library alsa uses to play wav files and perhaps you need to reinstall it. Could you run any number of players in the terminal and see what the output is? Obviously this is unusual.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby tuxracer » 2012-04-21 23:06

I cannot play .wav files either. I googled the problem and not having much luck.

It doesn't matter which media player including VLC. Anyone know what the problem is?

All the plugins seem to be installed. The media players can play any other sound file, it seems.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-22 01:10

Can you play them with alsa?
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aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby stevepusser » 2012-04-22 01:22

When you get a "Permission denied" error, you should stop thinking about codecs and start thinking about permission problems. I see you are trying to play a system file as a local user. Can you copy the wav file from its location in /usr to somewhere in your home directory and see if VLC can play it then? Maybe

su -c 'vlc <wav file name in system folder>'

would also point to permissions--maybe your local user does not have the rights to open system sound files?
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby tuxracer » 2012-04-24 03:24

He might not be coming back. He sounds pretty discouraged.

It would be nice if someone could say where the VLC logs are located. It should provide some info that might help troubleshooting. I would be interested in where they're located as I received a similar message needing to check the log when my wav files wouldn't play.

Shouldn't he check the /etc/fstab for his optical drive device (CD/DVD drive)? Or?

Edit: to make sure permissions isn't an issue, I would check /etc/fstab for your optical drive info. That is, seeing what device node it's being assigned. For e.g., I discovered this one for mine: /dev/scd0.

I then checked permissions using this command:

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ls -l /dev/scd0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 Apr 24  2012 /dev/scd0 -> sr0


Maybe someone can explain what this means? :) I'm reading about it now. The 'l' shows the file type is a link and then the permissions are listed and I thought maybe the link is a symlink or something that is pointing to 'sr0?' Not sure what that part is about.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby kevmitch » 2012-04-24 09:35

As already mentioned, debian-multimedia can cause problems particularly with vlc, I would advise against using it unless you know exactly what you're doing.

Rather than rooting around for the log, if it indeed exists, I would recommend just running vlc in the terminal with the verbosity turnned up (-vvv flag) which should be equivalent or better.
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vlc -vvv /usr/share/sounds/ir_begin.wav


Also as previously mentioned, "permission denied" makes it sound like this is beyond just vlc,codecs or multimedia. Can you access those files at all? What are the permissions?
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ls -l /usr/share/sounds/ir_begin.wav
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby tuxracer » 2012-04-27 12:26

The older VLC has tons of bugs and the people who develop Videolan/VLC don't seem to care about Debian or AMD64 systems (these are Ubuntu and OpenSUSE users, apparently) so it's more than just the multimedia repo.

Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be a good way for integrating, that is, for upgrading VLC so you can use it in Squeeze. There's a lot of older posts and forum threads about similar problems if you google.

I wasted a lot of time on this and I'm tired of doing so.

As you can tell, a lot of orginal posters end up disappearing because they probably gave up. VLC has a website showing installs for Linux but they don't care to update it so the stupid user will consequently discover numerous problems when they try to install unless they are using a particular distro or have the updated/upgraded packages already.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby stevepusser » 2012-04-27 20:55

If you want to check if a certain package can be backported to Stable, it's worth a look into the Squeeze-based MEPIS community repo:

http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/testr ... est/v/vlc/

You can rebuild the sources there into deb files following this technique: https://sites.google.com/site/stevosfil ... kports.txt

BUT--you will need to have the official squeeze-backports repo enabled to install some newer build-depends. The MEPIS debs may install into Squeeze with the backports repo enabled--it depends on how new a libx264 you can get.
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Re: Cannot Play .wav Debian Wheezy KDE4 64bit

Postby vbrummond » 2012-04-27 21:17

I was able to compile vlc 2.0 on squeeze, but I needed to backport libmatroska or something, so it wasn't clean and probably would need a lot of customizing on a deb rebuild.

Edit: Oh, I see you already did all the customizing. Nice. :D
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