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t0p
September 15th, 2008, 09:24 PM
On another forum I frequent, there were all these windows users raving about vlc 0.9.2. I've got 0.8.6e. So I figured I'd go to the Videolan website (http://www.videolan.org) and grab me the new goodies.

So I go there. And on the front page they've got like this running total of 0.9.2 downloads, going up and up. I click through to the Ubuntu Linux page... and all that's there is instructions for getting it from the repos... sudo apt-get update... sudo apt-get install vlc...

I think Okay... I give it a go... and apt-get tells me I've already got the newest version.

What is going on here?!!

Windows users get a new release... but we have to make do with a version that's been out since the days when computers ran on steam!! Why?? What gives??

I want vlc 0.9.2. Please tell me there's a way to get it!!

OffAxis
September 15th, 2008, 09:27 PM
just download the source and build it yourself.
here's the source:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-sources.html

Mornedhel
September 15th, 2008, 09:28 PM
Why ? Packaging is hard work when done right. It's also much less gratifying than developing (since who thinks of the packagers when using a piece of software ?)

As there are no direct download links on the VLC homepage, and no package on getdeb, my guess is you'll have to compile from source.

phidia
September 15th, 2008, 09:31 PM
There's a related thread on the latest version of VLC here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=920204).

dualpretop
September 15th, 2008, 09:31 PM
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5794856#post5794856

t0p
September 15th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Oh man, compiling vlc up looks like a real difficult operation. And I've never been comfortable with this stuff.

Guess I'll just have to wait til someone else packages it for us.

Should I mark this thread Solved? I mean, it's not solved, I'm just admitting defeat. Does defeat count as a solution?

Tatty
September 15th, 2008, 10:14 PM
Oh man, compiling vlc up looks like a real difficult operation. And I've never been comfortable with this stuff.

Guess I'll just have to wait til someone else packages it for us.

Should I mark this thread Solved? I mean, it's not solved, I'm just admitting defeat. Does defeat count as a solution?

It only looks hard because you have never done it before. I think you should give it a go. After you have compiled a couple of things you will be pretty comfortable doing it - its the only way youre going to get the latest software between ubuntu releases.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo

Just follow this guide, make sure to use checkinstall instead of make, and you will have the latest vlc in no time.

phidia
September 15th, 2008, 10:16 PM
How about a simple (sort of) primer on compiling (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo)-it's never too late to learn.

t0p
September 16th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Right... I've run ./configure a couple of times, and installed a couple of required libraries. Now, I've just run ./configure again and got this result:


configure: error: Could not find libmad on your system: you may get it from http://www.underbit.com/products/mad/. Alternatively you can use --disable-mad to disable the mad plugin.
t0p@ubunty:/usr/local/src/vlc-0.9.2$ sudo apt-get install libmad
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package libmad


I'm a little confused, because Synaptic tells me I have got libmad0, which by its description seems to be the same as libmad as described on www.underbit.com (http://www.underbit.com/products/mad). But I'm game for this now... I've just downloaded the source for libmad. Now I've got to compile it... so I can then compile vlc. I just hope libmad hasn't got dependencies that will require me to download another package in source!

I'll let you all know how this goes...

t0p
September 16th, 2008, 11:26 PM
Oh heck... I just tried to extract libmad-0.15.1b.tar.gz and it failed! I right-clicked it, selected to "open with Archive Manager", and I got this output:


gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

I need this in order to compile vlc. What can I do??

linuxnoob123456789
September 16th, 2008, 11:30 PM
If you want the easy way out just install wine then install windows version. thats what i did and it works great. just remember to move the file you want to fake c drive.

Tatty
September 16th, 2008, 11:32 PM
did you try running
sudo apt-get build-dep vlc?

This should install all the dependencies of vlc for you (or at least the dependencies of the version in the repos which should probably be the same).

EDIT: try installing libmad0-dev too.

mc4100
September 16th, 2008, 11:35 PM
The easiest way is found in the thread Phidia linked to:

There's a related thread on the latest version of VLC here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=920204).

In which SigmundFreud provided the following blog post with step-by-step instructions (Never ever thought I'd say that, Hmm)...
http://blog.jetienne.com/2008/09/vlc-092-on-ubuntu-804.html

No compiling needed -- no dependency hell either

t0p
September 16th, 2008, 11:37 PM
did you try running
sudo apt-get build-dep vlc?

This should install all the dependencies of vlc for you (or at least the dependencies of the version in the repos which should probably be the same).

EDIT: try installing libmad0-dev too.

Thanks for the tip. I'm running it now... it's got to download 130 MB of files! :( I've got a pretty slow connection, so I'm gonna be at this all night!

t0p
September 16th, 2008, 11:40 PM
The easiest way is found in the thread Phidia linked to:


In which SigmundFreud provided the following blog post with step-by-step instructions (Never ever thought I'd say that, Hmm)...
http://blog.jetienne.com/2008/09/vlc-092-on-ubuntu-804.html

No compiling needed -- no dependency hell either

Oh wow!! Thanks for the link... that'll save me some time n headache!! :)

EDIT: Successful installation.... but no sound. :( I'm going to start a thread about that.