[vlc-devel] Re: Zaurus VLC install problem

Jean-Paul Saman jean-paul.saman at planet.nl
Fri Jan 14 18:59:55 CET 2005

Jussi Laukkanen wrote:

>I have a Zaurus SL-6000L and I tried to install vlc on it. I took the 
>packages from the download page and they downloaded fine, but I am unable 
>to install the librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk package, I get this error:
>bash-2.05# ipkg install librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk
>zcat: librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk: not in gzip format
>zcat: stdin: unexpected end of file
>ipkg_install_file: ERROR unpacking control.tar.gz from librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk
This is correct the latest ipkg files are not simply tar.gz renamed, but 
are archives created of serveral tar.gz files with the compiler tool ar. 
To extract an ipkg by hand not using ipkg utilities you need to do ar -x 
librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk first and then untar the tar.gz files in it.

On the zaurus you normally would do:
$> ipkg install librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk

>On another thread someone had the same problem 
>(http://www.via.ecp.fr/via/ml/vlc-devel/2004-10/msg00175.html) and he had 
>rebuilt the archive to get things working. Could somebody tell me how to 
>get this package fixed so I could test the vlc? According to the download 
>page you're looking for a package maintainer to Zaurus. I don't think I'm 
>right man for the job, but I will try to help to develop the Zaurus port. 
>Just let me know what needs to be done and I'll try to help. I have 
>little coding skills but I'm quite familiar otherwise with Linux admining 
>and compiling software.
If someone could post an updated librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk that would install 
with ipkg install I would be gratefull.

Many greetings,
Jean-Paul Saman

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