[MPlayer-DOCS] Improvement to README for 64 bit essentials

Wolfgang Knauf his-metality at freenet.de
Wed Oct 22 22:26:26 CEST 2008

I will try to make my point clearer:

The 32 bit essentials package contains the full set of files (e.g. 
"drvc.so"), while the 64 bit contains only those libraries, which are 
compiled in 64 bit (again "drvc.so" and a few others). So, it seems that 
on a 64 bit machine, you have to first extract the 32 bit binaries, and 
replace SOME files with the 64 bit versions.

I was silly enough not to see the 64 bit plugins, and compiled a 32 bit 
mplayer to playback a Real video. Afterwards, Reimar pointed me to the 
64 bit plugins. I think a hint in the README would have prevented me 
from being so blind ;-)

Best regards


PS: Hope I did not top-post again (I just reply in Thunderbird)

Diego Biurrun wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 09:04:09AM +0200, Reimar Döffinger wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 12:11:52AM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
>>> On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 10:19:13PM +0200, Wolfgang Knauf wrote:

>>>> I suggest an improvement to the file "README", section "STEP1: 
>>>> Installing Binary Codecs".
>>>> Add something like this:
>>>> "For 64 bit linux: first place the 32 bit essentials in the binary codes 
>>>> directory, then replace the 32 bit libraries with the 64 bit versions 
>>>> from the 64 bit essentials package."
>>> I cannot make heads or tails of your explanation.

>> I think the idea is to explicitly say that there is a 64 bit codec
>> package and at least for real there is no need to compile a 32 bit
>> MPlayer (probably the 32 and 64 bit codecs also have the same name which
>> makes things even more confusing, so it might be worth saying that they
>> aren't the same despite the same name).
> I've made an attempt to improve the README.
> Diego

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