VLC doesn't appear

Asked by MadhuSoodanan on 2014-06-07

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS. Today VLC's icon didn't appear. Ubuntu Software Center says as Installed....but its icon is not the old one. (shows Software source's icon instead). When I searched .... A green tablet-like-icon appears. Used Synaptic...removed vlc (not complete removal) and installed. Not succcessful. Need I try apt-get -f install ?

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2014-06-15
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2014-06-15
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2014-06-11

What is the output of:

apt-cache policy vlc; lsb_release -a; uname -a

Thanks

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #2

I had verified the Installed version and the Latest version in Synaptic. But didn't find any difference.

                              desktop:~$ apt-cache policy vlc; lsb_release -a; uname -a
vlc:
  Installed: 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1
  Candidate: 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/universe i386 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-security/universe i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2.1.2-2build2 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe i386 Packages
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Release: 14.04
Codename: trusty
Linux madhu-desktop 3.13.0-29-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jun 4 21:02:19 UTC 2014 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #3

I didn't find any 500 or 100 http in sources.list.save

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #4

I got the 3.13.0-29-generic yesterday. But the date shows Wed June 4. I have a problem with the time also. It doesn't show the correct time after each log-in.

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #5

System Log shows

2014-06-07 23:18:30 status unpacked vlc:i386 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1
2014-06-07 23:18:30 status half-configured vlc:i386 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1
2014-06-07 23:18:30 status installed vlc:i386 2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1

Try:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install vlc; vlc

Does it run ok? Is there any output in the terminal?

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #7

Sorry for the delay....due to a severe hardware problem. Got it repaired an hour ago.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/1,198 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'vlc-plugin-notify' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
(Reading database ... 235252 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../vlc_2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb ...
Unpacking vlc (2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1) over (2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for vlc-nox (2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
Setting up vlc (2.1.4-0ubuntu14.04.1) ...
VLC media player 2.1.4 Rincewind (revision 2.1.4-0-g2a072be)
[0x911b190] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
                             -desktop:~$

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #8

No progress in my VLC. But the 'time setting problem' is not recurring now.

If you rename

~/.config/vlc

Does it help?

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #10

Don't know how to rename it. In usr/share/applications the icon is of 'software sources'. Rename is not allowed there. I don't know where this /.config/ is. Need I make changes in sudo apt-get --reinstall install vlc; vlc ?

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #11

A wonderful thing is .........When I right click to open with, this only icon appears in a big size (all the others are in normal size)

Nobody is born knowing either but there is this thing called the Internet where you can find out. ....

if you run:

mv ~/.config/vlc ~/.config/vlc_old

Then launch the application does it work?

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #13

Nothing happened.

In a terminal, run:

vlc

what happens?

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #15

Nothing appeared

                            -desktop:~$ vlc
VLC media player 2.1.4 Rincewind (revision 2.1.4-0-g2a072be)
[0x83b8190] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
                           -desktop:~$

MadhuSoodanan (mt-madhu) said : #16

I removed some Local items having the same name VLC and installed from reliable source. Now it is working well. Now vlc command brings out the original media player. Thanks Actionparsnip for your kind attempt.