Multithreading by default?

Asked by EricDHH on 2011-02-09

The question is simple, we are 10 years behind the first hyperthreading cpu, 20 years behind real smp and today you have to search a long time to found a singlecore equipped machine. But ubuntu comes from version to version with hard compiled singlecore mencoder that did not benefit from ht, smp or multicore cpu's. Many gui tools based on mencoder, a version that perverts any conversion to a painful slow job that crawls on one cpu core. Windows users are laughing at us, their mencoder.exe comes with multicore support by default.
When will ubuntu fix this ugly problem? An hour ago i have started devede with a 3gb pal video conversion, the progress bar told me that the job maybe ready in 11 hours. 3 cores of my 4x2.8GHz are idling around. Im scared to do a hd conversion, do i have to bequeath such job to my children an pray for stable electricity?

X for multithreaded mplayer, mencoder now!

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Sounds like you should report this as a bug affecting the package mencoder in Ubuntu. That may actually get the problem addressed, as the developers will consider your bug report / feature request. Read carefully, and follow those instructions. Assuming you don't find this bug already reported (checking that is one of the steps), make sure your bug report contains a clear explanation for why you believe mencoder should be built with SMP support. I recommend leaving out any colorful sarcasm (like about video encoding being an multigenerational project). While entertaining, it tends also to be distracting and occasionally even produces bad feeling, which can interfere with the problem actually getting solved. After you have filed your bug report, you can link this question and the bug report to each other by using the "Link existing bug" link at the top of this page. However, your bug report should still be self-contained; it should not be necessary for developers reading and considering your bug report to view this question in order to understand and appreciate it.

If you want a workaround that you can apply now, to encode video using SMP support, please post again. (It was unclear to me if there was actually a question in this "question", and if so, what it was.) I'll help you as best I can.

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