[MPlayer-users] Problem with slave mode 'pausing loadlist...' followed by 'pt_step'

David Bolen db3l.net at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 23:22:56 CET 2009

Matthew Robinson <mpr90 at yahoo.com> writes:

> pausing loadlist path_to_playlist_file
> pt_step 2
> pause
> However, it appears that most of the time (although not always)
> mplayer crashes after the pt_step command. If I follow the
> pausing... line with a pause command (to start playback), the player
> does not crash when I execute the pt_step.

It may have no impact at all, but I found using "pausing" with the
loadfile command (whose flow is similar to loadlist) to be problematic
(e.g., not always end up paused) a small percentage of the time.  This
was with fairly recent SVN releases (definitely not 1.0rc2).

I've had limited time to try to track it down but instead switched to
using a slave command string such as:
    loadfile <file>\npause\n
(sent as a single I/O to minimize delay between parsing the two commands)
which has been robust for me.

I mention it only since sending the extra pause command seems to
affect the behavior you're getting, so perhaps using it all the time
would at least be a workaround.  Either that or maybe it'll just make
it consistently crash all the time which at least helps with
reproducing the problem while troubleshooting.

-- David

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