[MPlayer-users] gui suggestions

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Mon Apr 14 08:39:34 CEST 2003

On Sun, Apr 13, 2003 at 10:32:15PM -0700, frederik at ugcs.caltech.edu wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> I've just started using mplayer; I'm running running 0.90pre3-gcc on
> debian-powerpc. It's been a good experience overall but there was a
> small snag. An old man page says that "-gui" will "Start mplayer in
> GUI mode", without mentioning gmplayer. The new one mentions gmplayer,
> but also responds to the -gui flag:
>     $ mplayer -gui 
>     ...
>     The gui option can't be used on the command line
> This isn't a very useful error message, as it suggests that the gui
> option should be used somewhere else. Putting it in
> "~/.mplayer/config" causes a segfault, no more informative to the user.

Run "gmplayer".

> Another complaint about the -gui mode is the continuous stream of
> dialog boxes, even when user input isn't required. I would prefer if
> informative messages were sent to stdout or stderr - just as with
> mplayer. Keeping an xterm open to look at these messages is easy and
> works a lot better, no constant interruptions to say that my computer
> is too slow. If some users prefer the dialog boxes, they could be
> controlled via a switch, perhaps with default "off" when stdout is a
> tty.

I agree totally, but I don't work on the GUI or use it.

I will, however, add an option for 'advanced' users to disable the
stupid 'your computer is too slow' message entirely, when I get around
to it. :)


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