I've been experimenting with DVD::Rip. The instructions mention that some additional files would be useful, xvid4conf for example. Any version from v. 1.6 to 1.12 will do. Synaptic can get me v. 1.12-0.1 which looks like it will do the trick. However rar and mplayer files have file version numbers that I don't understand. DVD::Rip wants any version of rar from 2.71 to 2.99 and mplayer from 0.9 to 1.0 Synaptic can get me rar 2:4.0.b3-1 with a similar result for mplayer. What's the colon for? Is this version 2.4 or 4.0?