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#1 2014-01-20 14:34:46

Charley
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Registered: 2014-01-20
Posts: 2

Parole Installation Problems . . . I Think

I have had parole installed for some time on my arch linux (3.12.7-2-ARCH) machine with xfce 4.10 and have tried it on a few occasions without success. Now, I need to review a video from DVD and parole won't cooperate.

Here's the (mis)behavior:  I navigate through Thunar to the directory I want, right-click on VIDEO_TS.VOB, and select 'Open With "Parole Media Player".' parole opens and immediately displays a dialog reading 'GStreamer backend error. Could not initialize supporting library.' Results are the same when opening parole manually and attempting to launch a video through the menuing system with Media > Open. The parole wallpaper -- if that's the right term -- is a grayed-out TV test pattern color bar layout. The same thing happens by both methods when trying to play a .mp3 file.

The file content of the DVD (actually, now copied to my hard drive) is:

-r-------- 1 me me      12288 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.BUP
-r-------- 1 me me      12288 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.IFO
-r-------- 1 me me      79872 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me     135168 Jan 18 15:01 VTS_01_0.BUP
-r-------- 1 me me     135168 Jan 18 15:01 VTS_01_0.IFO
-r-------- 1 me me 1065353216 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_1.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me 1065353216 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_2.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me  721649664 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_3.VOB

I've tried to load all the necessary support packages for parole. Here are details gleaned from pacman -Q:

parole 0.5.4-1
gst-plugins-bad 1.2.2-2
gst-plugins-base-libs 1.2.2-1
gst-plugins-good 1.2.2-2
gst-plugins-ugly 1.2.2-2
gstreamer 1.2.2-1
gstreamer0.10 0.10.36-3
gstreamer0.10-bad 0.10.23-7
gstreamer0.10-bad-plugins 0.10.23-7
gstreamer0.10-base 0.10.36-2
gstreamer0.10-base-plugins 0.10.36-2
gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg 0.10.13-2
gstreamer0.10-good 0.10.31-4
gstreamer0.10-good-plugins 0.10.31-4
gstreamer0.10-ugly 0.10.19-8
gstreamer0.10-ugly-plugins 0.10.19-8
phonon-gstreamer 4.7.1-1

I obviously have some fundamental problem, but I'm baffled at finding a resolution. Do the above gst and gstreamer plugins conflict? Do I have the proper parole version? (pacman -Syu hasn't updated it, but http://docs.xfce.org/apps/parole/start says its manual applies to 0.6 and the menu on its screenshots differ from mine.) Am I crazy? (Wait, don't answer that.)

I'm happy to provide whatever additional configuration information might be helpful and would greatly appreciate your guidance in getting parole on track.  Many thanks.

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#2 2014-01-20 15:45:10

ToZ
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From: Toronto, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 1,384

Re: Parole Installation Problems . . . I Think

I don't have a DVD device on this laptop (or a VOB handy) to test, but mp3s work fine. I'm also using Arch with 4.10. Here are my installed gstreamer packages:

[toz@arch ~]$ pacman -Ql  | cut -d' ' -f1 | uniq | grep ^gst
gst-libav
gst-plugins-bad
gst-plugins-base
gst-plugins-base-libs
gst-plugins-good
gst-plugins-ugly
gstreamer
gstreamer0.10
gstreamer0.10-bad
gstreamer0.10-bad-plugins
gstreamer0.10-base
gstreamer0.10-base-plugins
gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
gstreamer0.10-good
gstreamer0.10-good-plugins
gstreamer0.10-python
gstreamer0.10-ugly
gstreamer0.10-ugly-plugins

...seems that I also have gst-libav and gst-base installed but don't have phono-gstreamer installed.

[toz@arch ~]$ pacman -Qi parole
Name           : parole
Version        : 0.5.4-1

Will try to get my hands on a VOB later and test it.

EDIT: Found a VOB and it played fine.

Last edited by ToZ (2014-01-20 16:00:03)

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#3 2014-01-20 16:04:34

Charley
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Registered: 2014-01-20
Posts: 2

Re: Parole Installation Problems . . . I Think

BINGO!! After installing gst-libav and gst-plugins-base, parole now plays both .vob and .mp3 files. MANY thanks.

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