Amarok Bug

Jeff Mitchell mitchell at
Fri Jan 15 11:36:56 UTC 2010

On 01/15/2010 06:30 AM, fester at wrote:
> I would like you to incorporate 'sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg'
> in your Ubuntu install routine, along with install commands for any
> other files users are finding to be missing when they install Amarok.
> You would do this so Amarok would work immediately after users installed
> it, rather than leaving them with an installed package which didn't do
> what it was supposed to.

We don't have an Ubuntu install routine.

Ubuntu has an Ubuntu install routine.

And Amarok does exactly what it is supposed to do. It passes the file to
Xine for playback. Xine is what is "not doing what it is supposed to do"
because you have MP3 files but don't have MP3-compatible plugins for
Xine on your system.

I don't really know what else I can say to make you understand that this
is a consequence of the policies of the distribution you have chosen on
libraries that are far removed from Amarok itself and that our software
is working perfectly normally, other than to suggest that you study up
on the differences between packages and packagers, libraries and
applications, Xine and Phonon, Phonon and Amarok, and various distros.

P.S. Even if we did have an Ubuntu install routine, meddling in what
packagers are installed on user systems without their consultation would
be hugely disturbing for all sorts of reasons, starting with the fact
that a large number of people neither care about nor want MP3 playback
support in their distribution.

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