Package: vlc
Severity: normal

I have been holding version 1.0.6* of vlc for this very reason:  video
output failed beginning with all versions 1.1*.  This has been going on
for a couple of months, but investigating this was not a high priority
for me since holding back 1.0.6* (and some of its dependencies which
have disappeared from the repository) allowed me to continue using vlc.

I use some packages from debian-multimedia.org which require the suite
of ffmeg libs -- which vlc also depends on -- and I wrongly assumed that
this might be to blame.  Today, when I finally found some time to look
into the problem, I found that entirely removing d-m.org stuff and using
only packages from official Debian unstable or experimental did not get
video output working again.

Christian Marillat had given me some advice (regarding mplayer) that
sometimes config files are not compatible between new and old versions
of packages.  I felt that it was unlikely that vlc would be unable to
play video completely, since the older version had been working fine.
Looking around in $HOME, I found a '.vlc' directory; moving it out of
the way made no difference.  I tried versions 1.1.2 from unstable and
1.1.3 from experimental, with no positive results.

Then I noticed that vlc was still remembering the old "recent files"
playlist from stuff I had played on version 1.0.6.  But if I had blown
away the config files, how was it remembering?  So, maybe there are
other config files, right?

A quick

    find -name '*vlc*'

in $HOME found a directory called '.config/vlc'.  Moving that out of the
way restored video.  All the video formats I have files to test have
worked, so everything was actually just fine all along.

Scanning for tips about this in

    /usr/share/doc/vlc/{changelog,NEWS,README}* 

revealed no direct statement that configs were incompatible between
versions 1.0* and 1.1*.  What baffles me is:  how could they be
incompatible, since they moved?  Maybe vlc looks in both places now?
Does it get confused if it finds old configs and tries to use them?

At this point, I have even restored the d-m.org stuff I had removed in
order to make sure the d-m.o ffmpeg libs weren't to blame.  In fact,
video output in vlc 1.1.3 works fine with the d-m.o stuff, just like it
did with the old 1.0.6 version.  So, d-m.o libs weren't relevant at
all.  (I have already apologized to Christian Marillat!  ;)

Can we please have something about this in the vlc man pages and/or
/usr/share/doc/vlc?  I have a feeling a lot of Debian vlc users are
going to get burned by it.


HTH,
Dave W.

[Offtopic:  no that's not a Debian kernel listed below!]


-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (990, 'unstable'), (350, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.35.2+drt.c9f9e91+rv5b1714d+fixhdmi01.100820.desktop.kms (SMP 
w/4 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages vlc depends on:
ii  libaa1       1.4p5-38                    ascii art library
ii  libavcodec52 5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0       library to encode decode multimedi
ii  libavutil50  5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0       avutil shared libraries - runtime 
ii  libc6        2.11.2-2                    Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libfreetype6 2.4.2-1                     FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libfribidi0  0.19.2-1                    Free Implementation of the Unicode
ii  libgcc1      1:4.4.4-9                   GCC support library
ii  libgl1-mesa- 7.9-devel+git100429.95bfc8f A free implementation of the OpenG
ii  libqtcore4   4:4.6.3-1                   Qt 4 core module
ii  libqtgui4    4:4.6.3-1                   Qt 4 GUI module
ii  libsdl-image 1.2.10-2+b1                 image loading library for Simple D
ii  libsdl1.2deb 1.2.14-6                    Simple DirectMedia Layer
ii  libstdc++6   4.4.4-9                     The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libtar       1.2.11-6                    C library for manipulating tar arc
ii  libva-x11-1  1.0.1-3                     Video Acceleration (VA) API for Li
ii  libva1       1.0.1-3                     Video Acceleration (VA) API for Li
ii  libvlccore4  1.1.3-2                     base library for VLC and its modul
ii  libx11-6     2:1.3.3-3                   X11 client-side library
ii  libx11-xcb1  2:1.3.3-3                   Xlib/XCB interface library
ii  libxcb-keysy 0.3.6-1                     utility libraries for X C Binding 
ii  libxcb-randr 1.6-1                       X C Binding, randr extension
ii  libxcb-shm0  1.6-1                       X C Binding, shm extension
ii  libxcb-xv0   1.6-1                       X C Binding, xv extension
ii  libxcb1      1.6-1                       X C Binding
ii  libxext6     2:1.1.2-1                   X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  ttf-freefont 20090104-7                  Freefont Serif, Sans and Mono True
ii  vlc-nox      1.1.3-2                     multimedia player and streamer (wi
ii  zlib1g       1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3            compression library - runtime

Versions of packages vlc recommends:
ii  vlc-plugin-notify             1.1.3-2    LibNotify plugin for VLC
pn  vlc-plugin-pulse              <none>     (no description available)

Versions of packages vlc suggests:
pn  mozilla-plugin-vlc            <none>     (no description available)
pn  videolan-doc                  <none>     (no description available)

Versions of packages vlc-nox depends on:
ii  liba52-0.7.4       0.7.4-14              library for decoding ATSC A/52 str
ii  libasound2         1.0.23-1              shared library for ALSA applicatio
ii  libass4            0.9.9-1               library for SSA/ASS subtitles rend
ii  libavahi-client3   0.6.27-2              Avahi client library
ii  libavahi-common3   0.6.27-2              Avahi common library
ii  libavc1394-0       0.5.3-1+b2            control IEEE 1394 audio/video devi
ii  libavcodec52       5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 library to encode decode multimedi
ii  libavformat52      5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 ffmpeg file format library
ii  libavutil50        5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 avutil shared libraries - runtime 
ii  libc6              2.11.2-2              Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcaca0           0.99.beta17-1         colour ASCII art library
ii  libcddb2           1.3.2-2               library to access CDDB data - runt
ii  libcdio10          0.81-4                library to read and control CD-ROM
ii  libdbus-1-3        1.2.24-3              simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdc1394-22       2.1.2-3               high level programming interface f
ii  libdca0            0.0.5-3               decoding library for DTS Coherent 
ii  libdirac-encoder0  1.0.2-3               open and royalty free high quality
ii  libdvbpsi6         0.1.7-1               library for MPEG TS and DVB PSI ta
ii  libdvdnav4         4.1.3-7               DVD navigation library
ii  libdvdread4        4.1.3-10              library for reading DVDs
ii  libebml0           0.7.7-3.1             access library for the EBML format
ii  libfaad2           2.7-4                 freeware Advanced Audio Decoder - 
ii  libflac8           1.2.1-3               Free Lossless Audio Codec - runtim
ii  libfontconfig1     2.8.0-2.1             generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6       2.4.2-1               FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libfribidi0        0.19.2-1              Free Implementation of the Unicode
ii  libgcc1            1:4.4.4-9             GCC support library
ii  libgcrypt11        1.4.5-2               LGPL Crypto library - runtime libr
ii  libgnutls26        2.10.1-1              the GNU TLS library - runtime libr
ii  libgpg-error0      1.6-1                 library for common error values an
ii  libkate1           0.3.8-1               Kate is a codec for karaoke and te
ii  liblircclient0     0.8.3-5               infra-red remote control support -
ii  liblua5.1-0        5.1.4-5               Simple, extensible, embeddable pro
ii  libmad0            0.15.1b-5             MPEG audio decoder library
ii  libmatroska0       0.8.1-1.1             extensible open standard audio/vid
ii  libmodplug1        1:0.8.8.1-1           shared libraries for mod music bas
ii  libmpcdec6         2:0.1~r459-1          MusePack decoder - library
ii  libmpeg2-4         0.4.1-3               MPEG1 and MPEG2 video decoder libr
ii  libmtp8            1.0.3-1               Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) libr
ii  libncursesw5       5.7+20100313-2        shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  libogg0            1.2.0~dfsg-1          Ogg bitstream library
ii  libpng12-0         1.2.44-1              PNG library - runtime
ii  libpostproc51      5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 postproc shared libraries
ii  libproxy0          0.3.1-1               automatic proxy configuration mana
ii  libraw1394-11      2.0.5-2               library for direct access to IEEE 
ii  libschroedinger-1. 1.0.9-2               library for encoding/decoding of D
ii  libshout3          2.2.2-5+b1            MP3/Ogg Vorbis broadcast streaming
ii  libsmbclient       2:3.4.8~dfsg-2        shared library for communication w
ii  libspeex1          1.2~rc1-1             The Speex codec runtime library
ii  libstdc++6         4.4.4-9               The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libswscale0        5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 ffmpeg video scaling library
ii  libtag1c2a         1.6.3-1               TagLib Audio Meta-Data Library
ii  libtheora0         1.1.1+dfsg.1-3        The Theora Video Compression Codec
ii  libtwolame0        0.3.12-1              MPEG Audio Layer 2 encoding librar
ii  libudev0           161-1                 libudev shared library
ii  libupnp3           1:1.6.6-5             Portable SDK for UPnP Devices, ver
ii  libv4l-0           0.8.0-1               Collection of video4linux support 
ii  libvcdinfo0        0.7.23-4+b2           library to extract information fro
ii  libvlc5            1.1.3-2               multimedia player and streamer lib
ii  libvlccore4        1.1.3-2               base library for VLC and its modul
ii  libvorbis0a        1.3.1-1               The Vorbis General Audio Compressi
ii  libvorbisenc2      1.3.1-1               The Vorbis General Audio Compressi
ii  libxml2            2.7.7.dfsg-4          GNOME XML library
ii  zlib1g             1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3      compression library - runtime

Versions of packages libvlc5 depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.11.2-2   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libvlccore4                   1.1.3-2    base library for VLC and its modul

Versions of packages libvlccore4 depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.11.2-2   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libdbus-1-3                   1.2.24-3   simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  vlc-data                      1.1.3-2    Common data for VLC

Versions of packages vlc is related to:
ii  libavutil50        5:0.6~svn20100726-0.0 avutil shared libraries - runtime 
pn  libavutil51        <none>                (no description available)



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