motu daily mplayer AMD FTBFS for 4 months?

Asked by Ron Johnson on 2012-07-07


What's the cause? (I haven't seen anything about it in the bug reports.


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Incase people don't know. FTBFS means 'fails to build from source'.

Why not just run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:motumedia/mplayer-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mplayer

It wil install the app, no need for compiling....

Ron Johnson (ron-l-johnson) said : #2

The phrase "motu daily" indicates that I'm referring to the mplayer-daily build. Shame on me for not providing a link in the first place.

According to these pages, the daily motumedia build for mplayer failed on 21-Feb and has been in that state ever since:

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #3

The current 'preferred' in Debian/Ubuntu is mplayer2 & Libav vs. mplayer & FFmpeg. So you'd notice there was a good build of mplayer2 in late May
(that ppa is nowhere near a 'daily'

When building yourself you'd notice the mplayer2 source by default would use Libav whereas the mplayer source would use (download) the current FFmpeg

The ppa tried to build mplayer using libav & it failed on an undefined reference. I would not expect the current maintainer to spend any time on this to resolve. (The current maintainer was one of the dev's involved in the Libav 'split' from the real FFmpeg

If you want to use mplayer then I'd build your own , instructions here for 12.04

(orig. maintained in Ubuntu forums but recently UF has begone eliminating How-to's,

Ron Johnson (ron-l-johnson) said : #4

Am I to interpret Doug's 3rd paragraph as meaning that Q will deprecate mplayer in favor of mplayer2?

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #5

Not at all - I was referring to the ppa you wanted to use. Here is the LP page on mplayer in QQ

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #6

Though if you look closely it's not a recent mplayer source ... svn r34540, mplayer is currently at r35014

Ron Johnson (ron-l-johnson) said : #7

It's the same as the P version, apparently just built against Q libs. :(

Depressing, but thanks.

Doug McMahon (mc3man) said : #8

Ron -
While I'm sure a valid reason or maybe even two could be put forth about why Libav vs. FFmpeg it's really just a political/personal preference deal that has made Libav the Debian/Ubuntu choice & has side effects as seen here.

If you do prefer mplayer & it stagnates for an extended time then I can assure you Andrew's guide is really quite easy to use & will give you great results.

If so & any issue arises don't hesitate to let him know & or post about in UF. We'll pick up on the thread pretty quickly..
Good luck