#381 Trouble compiling video plugins - ID: 3482165

OPAL (214)

a bug was closed "because the developer couldn't be bothered to work with people". as the bug cannot be reopened i am forced into the position of creating an entirely new one, referencing the old one (see ID in subject summary), thus inconveniencing everyone who is trying to help improve opal.

a simple search shows that other people have encountered this, and even, apparently, fixed the problem, for example here:


that's a rather messy way to do it, but it works. the issue is that the opal developers cannot be bothered to ask users the question "which versions of ffmpeg libraries are you using", to which the answer would be (in this case):

lkcl@teenymac:~/src/opal$ dpkg -l | grep ffmpeg|libav
ii ffmpeg 5:0.10-0.1 audio/video encoder, streaming server & audio/video file converter.
ii libavcodec-dev 7:0.11.1-dmo4 Library to encode decode multimedia streams - devel files.
ii libavcodec52 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 library to encode decode multimedia streams - runtime files
ii libavcodec53 7:0.10.3-dmo1 Library to encode decode multimedia streams - runtime files.
ii libavcodec54 7:0.11.1-dmo4 Library to encode decode multimedia streams - runtime files.
ii libavcore-dev 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 multimedia core utilities library - devel files
ii libavcore0 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 multimedia core utilities library - runtime files
ii libavdevice52 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 ffmpeg device handling library
ii libavdevice53 5:0.10-0.1 FFmpeg device handling library.
ii libavfilter2 5:0.10-0.1 FFmpeg filter library.
ii libavformat-dev 7:0.11.1-dmo4 Development files for libavformat.
ii libavformat52 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 ffmpeg file format library
ii libavformat53 5:0.10-0.1 FFmpeg file format library.
ii libavformat54 7:0.11.1-dmo4 FFmpeg file format library.
ii libavutil-dev 7:0.11.1-dmo4 FFmpeg avutil devel files - devel files.
ii libavutil49 4:0.5.2-6 ffmpeg utility library
ii libavutil50 5:0.6.1+svn20101128-0.2 avutil shared libraries - runtime files
ii libavutil51 7:0.11.1-dmo4 FFmpeg avutil library - runtime files

these versions are, as can be deduced from the package names, obtained from debian-multimedia.

that should be sufficient information to reproduce the issue, would you agree, yes?


  • Eugen Dedu

    Eugen Dedu - 2012-08-17

    Why do you use packages from debian-multimedia and not libav from debian official?

  • Robert Jongbloed

    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
  • Robert Jongbloed

    I really do not understand how you think being aggressive and insulting was ever going to get you anywhere. That is just a very good way to drive people away from donating their valuable time to Open Source communities.

    In over 10 years in this game, I have very little time for those that just say "this doesn't work" and then expect developers to drop everything, completely reconfigure their environments, spend hours of donated time, just for them. That is just selfish.

    You clearly also have no understanding of exactly how complex this issue is. There are many different and incompatible versions of FFMPEG out there. Are you really expecting us to support them all?

    So, please calm down and wait, hep with fixing the issue, or go find someone to pay commercial rates for immediate support.


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