[vlc-devel] Re: unofficial vlc 0.8.0 rpms for FC2, RH9 and RHEL3

Torsten Spindler spindler at hbt.arch.ethz.ch
Fri Nov 12 09:17:24 CET 2004

Hi Alvin,

first question: Have you included the following lines to /etc/yum.conf:

name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - CAAD Extra RPMS

If not yum will just query the servers it already has in /etc/yum.conf.
While I don't plan to put the repository at holz offline any time soon I
cannot guarantee that it works for several years, so you probably want
to include this configuration only for downloading vlc and then comment

Another alternative would be to just grab all the RPMs or SRPMs from
holz and install from disk with rpm -Uvh. Or place them in your own yum
repository, it's simply a directory in webspace where you run 'yum-arch

On Fri, 2004-11-12 at 04:18, Alvin Chin wrote:
> I've finished running "yum install vlc", but I've found out that it 
> installed for me 0.6.0 and it said that videolan-client-devel required 
> videolan-client-0.6.0 but I did already download that using apt-get.  I 
> thought that the latest vlc would be installed from the package.  If 
> that's not the case, do I have to build the VLC from scratch as in here 
> http://developers.videolan.org/vlc/nix-compile.html. 

You'll have to include the repository you want to use in your yum
configuration, as explained above.

> I find the install for Red Hat 9 extremely difficult to do, which I am 
> sure many people I've heard in this forum are having problems with.  If 
> someone has successfully installed and built VLC from scratch on Red Hat 
> Linux 9, could they document what they did so other developers are able 
> to do this and solve their frustrations (including mine).

I found it rather tiring to hunt for all the RPMs I need that vlc
depends upon. So I've used freshrpms and Dag Wieers repository for
existing rpms and placed the rest in my own repository. For me that
eases the way to install vlc on the RH9/RHEL3/FC2 boxes where I need it

Basically the process of getting vlc compiled on Red Hat 9 is just a
matter of time investment. There are probably several ways to get vlc
compiled under Red Hat 9, here's my way:

0) grab

1) run 'rpm -ivh vlc-0.8.0-1.rh9.ts.src.rpm', preferably as user
2) change directory to SPECS
3) probably rename vlc.0.8.0.rh9.mod.by.ts.spec
4) edit spec, change options/libs/whatever you need for your needs
5) run 'rpmbuild -bb <your spec file name>'
   either install missing build requirements or remove requirement  
   from spec and disable configure option for that requirement
6) once it compiles through change to RPMS/i386 and install
7) check if it works

From these points 5) can take a considerable amount of time. Sometimes
there simply exists no ready made rpm for RH9 and FC1/FC2 will not
install due to using different libraries. Often it is good enough to
just grab the source rpm and build it on RH9. I did that with libcddb,
libcdio, libvcd and speex. The rest of the needed rpms I could retrieve
from www.freshrpms.net and dag.wieers.com.

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