Monday, July 9, 2012

Archlinux: recent update ends with broken VLC

VLC icon made with Blender
Archlinux update last weekend leads again to breakage. This time this, it is VLC affected, and probably a dosen of other apps using ffmpeg and x264 packages.

Arch Linux logo
The update from this morning says the VLC is comming with version 2.0.2-2, which is a rebuild against the newer ffmpeg and x264, though the updated package is not synced everywhere yet.

What to do if you have udpated and VLC is not working, saying "it has'nt support for audio or video format  mp4v"?
Well, there four things you can do:

  1. Search your local cache and revert the older versions of ffmpeg, x264 and vlc. Most likely you have deleted it, so procceed with p.2
  2. Install totem or smplayer, it certainly should work
  3. Grab the fresh PKGBUILD from Archlinux site and rebuild it yourself.
  4. Wait, like me, until all mirrors get synced (in about 1 or 2 days)

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