View Full Version : [SOLVED] VLC problem

August 5th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I installed a skin that did not work or is interfering with VLC somehow. It will only open minimized now and I cannot maximize it to get to the options to revert back to the default skin. Can someone tell me if there is a way to launch VLC in the terminal with a default skin switch?

Here is the output when I try to start it:

VLC media player 1.1.2 The Luggage (revision exported)
Blocked: call to unsetenv("DBUS_ACTIVATION_ADDRESS")
Blocked: call to unsetenv("DBUS_ACTIVATION_BUS_TYPE")
Warning: call to signal(13, 0x1)
Blocked: call to setlocale(6, "")
Blocked: call to sigaction(17, 0x7fac5dcdcb20, 0x7fac5dcdca80)
Warning: call to signal(13, 0x1)
Warning: call to srand(1280876146)
Warning: call to rand()
Blocked: call to setlocale(6, "")

(process:2813): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
Using the fallback 'C' locale.
Warning: call to signal(13, 0x1)
Warning: call to signal(13, 0x1)
Warning: call to signal(13, 0x1)
[0x178a640] skins2 interface: skin: QuickTime UMX author: UniverseMatrix


August 5th, 2010, 09:41 PM
Try renaming the file ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc as a backup, as I think this is where the user interface skin info is stored.
You could also remove that skin from the ~/.local/share/vlc/skins2 folder.

August 5th, 2010, 09:56 PM
renamed the file as backup but the skins2 file does not exist in the vlc directory. Still no mojo.

August 5th, 2010, 10:08 PM

On Linux/Unix: ~/.local/share/vlc/skins2


August 5th, 2010, 10:11 PM
update: Did find the skins2 dir. Only a default skin in there. Still can't figure out what's going on. I have uninstalled and reinstalled VLC twice and it still does not launch or open only launches minimized.

Is there a command to do a complete removal that I am missing? How can I completely get it off of the system so I can try another re-install?

August 5th, 2010, 10:15 PM
I think it's moved to usr/share/vlc/skins2

August 5th, 2010, 10:20 PM
What do you have in ~/.config/vlc

2 files ? Delete them both, (or rename them)

August 5th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Un-install VLC again.
Then use Places > Search for files > File system to search for *vlc*.
Delete anything you find, then re-install.

August 5th, 2010, 10:39 PM
I think it's moved to usr/share/vlc/skins2
Not on my system, though I don't use any of the skins I have downloaded, but stick with the classic look. I think perhaps only the default skin is in /usr/share/vlc/skins2. The extra skins do work from the ~/.local/share/vlc/skin2 folder, however; I've just tried, but perhaps you can put them anywhere you want, as long as you set the folder location in vlc ->Tools ->preferences.

You should be able to find your all the skins folders for vlc and other apps with the find icon in nautilus, or locate in terminal.

Lots more info here
including the command
vlc -I qt to start vlc with the default skin.

August 5th, 2010, 10:52 PM
vlc -I qt4

Then adjust in tools -> prefs. -> all -> main interface -> interface module (default or qt4 should do

August 6th, 2010, 01:28 AM
Got it working. Had to do a complete remove (sudo apt-get autoremove) through the term and re-installed and it now works.

Thanks for all the tips.