Amarok: Ugh!

Martin Aumueller aumuell at
Tue Sep 26 17:57:41 UTC 2006

Hi Jeff,

I can't really help you with your mp3 problems, however which "weird mounting 
issues" are you referring to?


On Tue September 26 2006 19:12, Jeff Pitman wrote:
> Folks,
> I just barely upgraded to FC5 and Dapper on two different systems and I
> have to say that I still remain very disappointed in Linux's sound
> standards. How is it that every time we dist upgrade we have to go through
> this again and again? Not that anyone here can fix that, I just had to get
> my rant out on the table... (Stuff like this would require
> or some standards body. Though, who knows? The RPM standard didn't fly, did
> it? :D)
> Amarok rocks and I can't imagine the traversal of the minefields of Linux
> soundsystems that the developers have to go through.... crazy. Anyway, back
> to the real question.
> I've got this installed:
> [jrp at slim .xine]$ rpm -qa amarok* xine*
> amarok-extras-nonfree-1.4.3-1.lvn5
> amarok-1.4.3-3.fc5
> xine-lib-1.1.2-4.lvn5
> I'm using the Xine Engine with Auto detect for the output. Local mp3
> playing and iPod stuff works great (except for the weird mounting issues ..
> but, that's bearable). However, whenever I play mp3 streams everything goes
> south real quick. I either get:
> =======================
> Error Loading Media
> No suitable input plugin. This often means that the url's protocol is not
> supported. Network failures are other possible causes.
> =======================
> or something like:
> =======================
> Error Loading Media
> No suitable demux plugin.
> =======================
> and incessant hangs left and right. I've produced a crash as well randomly
> clicking on Streams. So it either is some thread/pipe issue or some cleanup
> problem.
> The only two plugins I have are Helix and Xine. I don't have mp3 support in
> Helix so I'm sticking with Xine.
> If any of you have any hints, tips, links, or whatever, I'd love to get
> this resolved. I'll look into strace/ltrace/gdb and see if I can extract
> anything meaningful...
> thanks,

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