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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012

    Repairing Totem

    Hello, somebody please help me repairing Totem on 10.04, I've damaged it on an online friend's system. Quick history:

    OP installed VLC from the n-muench/vlc2 PPA which also installed libav* (libavformat52, ...) stuff version 0.6.2 Later he tried to install Frostwire which depends on mplayer which depends on libav* 0.5.1 and wasn't installable. Since I have mplayer, libav* 0.5.1 and the n-muench VLC installed on my 10.04, I idiotically suggested to force a downgrade of libavformat52 and libavcodec52 to the 0.5.1 version bypassing apt-get.

    Now the trouble begun: broken packages, broken video players. Although we repaired the package system (ppa-purge, install/reinstall restricted-extras, libav*, gstreamer*, libxvidcore4, ...), Totem is still broken.

    Situation now is: VLC (v1.0.6) plays the videos only after repairing the AVI index (it didn't before), Totem keeps saying that no package with requested plugin xvid mpeg-4 decoder could be found. mplayer and ffplay play the video without problems.

    Output from dpkg --get-selections|awk '/libav|libxv|gstreamer/ && !/avahi/'

    Output from apt-cache policy `dpkg --get-selections|awk '/libav|libxv|gstreamer/ && !/avahi/{print $1}'`

    Any idea what's missing or wrong?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Re: Repairing Totem

    Following a tip from the #ubuntu IRC channel, we purged then reinstalled Totem, but it didn't help, same problem. I really suspect that there's something wrong with libav* or gstreamer*, either some package is missing or a wrong version is installed, I just don't know how to completely reinstall them without totally breaking Gnome.


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