w32codecs on Community Documentation page

Asked by Tom on 2011-03-10

Hi :)

I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 and ran through the Community Documentation page

At the bottom it asks to wget
and then install that using dpkg. However when i had a look at the page that the wget command sent me to
it looked as though there were several newer versions such as

Does the Community Documentation need updating? Do i have the latest w32codecs now that i have followed the advice on the page? Is dpkg the best option for installing or would apt-get or Synaptic Package Manager be better to ensure updates happen?
Please let me know
Many regards from
Tom :)

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Best Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #1

The codecs are drawn from mplayer and the 20110131 are the latest available there. So the 20071007-0medibuntu pckage is not reflective of the latest set.
(mainly just an increase in avail. codecs from 132 to 222, noting that many are a bit obscure, there are actually 225 now in the mplayer codecs

So - no you don't have the latest set and yes the page can use updating
(nice job on the DigitalAC-3Pulseaudio page

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #2

A small thing to add. note - the older medibuntu package would install a folder link (win32) in /usr/lib to account for some players that would look there and not try /usr/lib/codecs
Don't think it's needed any more (recent ubuntu releases), and is not in the latest medibuntu package.

Tom (tom6) said : #3

Hi :)

My codecs seemed to get updated at my next update in Synaptic. The Community Documentation page worries me because i don't really understand it and how previous releases might not handle newer versions of the w32codecs? At home i have a 10.04 machine but the codecs are already installed there.

Mostly i have just been getting rid of spam in Community Documentation. There was a flurry of it around Christmas time but people seem to have given up lately (i may regret saying that! lol). I do like it when it's easy to add a nice Table of Contents :)

Many thanks and regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Thanks Doug McMahon, that solved my question.