[MPlayer-users] "Cache not filling!" regularly causing problems...

Kevin DeKorte kdekorte at gmail.com
Wed Jan 26 20:08:32 CET 2011

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On 01/26/2011 11:48 AM, Manuel Reimer wrote:
> Reimar Döffinger wrote:
>> You should describe the _exact_ problem, the message only means that
>> MPlayer has been waiting more than 100 ms without any data arriving.
>> That it takes more than this to receive data is not unusual when
>> your internet connection isn't so great, but MPlayer shouldn't
>> be waiting.
>> You should set -cache and/or -cache-min to larger values to avoid that.
> Unfortunately you are right. The "nice cache" is a feature of
> gecko-mediaplayer. Seems like gecko-mediaplayer (or the frontend
> "gnome-mplayer", where it bases on) has an internal cache and so starts
> to cache the whole video (independent on video size) and gives nice
> feedback of progress. This progress view also works if I pause the video.
> MPlayer itself works much better if I increase cache (set to 10MB now)
> but I still don't have feedback. If I pause, then I see that mplayer
> continues to fill cache by looking to my network switch (flashing LEDs)
> but not on console or anywhere else.
> Would be nice to know how much of the video is already on my side. Is
> there a chance to add this feature to MPlayer, so I can follow the
> progress of video caching on console?
> Thank you very much in advance
> Yours
> Manuel

For streaming sites (ie mms, rtsp urls) mplayer does display a cache
fill message

Resolving for AF_INET6...

Couldn't resolve name for AF_INET6:
Connecting to server[]: 8006...

Name   : Big R Radio - 90's Alternative Rock
Genre  : 90s, Grunge, Rock, Classic Rock
Website: http://www.bigrradio.com
Public : yes
Bitrate: 128kbit/s
Cache size set to 320 KBytes
Cache fill:  0.00% (0 bytes)
ICY Info: StreamTitle='Soundgarden - Fell On Black
Cache fill: 17.50% (57344 bytes)

In fact that message is what gnome-mplayer uses to display its cache
percentage. For non-streaming media gecko-mediaplayer does its own cache
display. So I believe the information is there for you to see.


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