[MPlayer-users] mplayer works with file, fails with piped file

Tom Evans tevans.uk at googlemail.com
Thu May 12 10:53:24 CEST 2011

2011/5/11 David Chernoff <chernoff at astro.cornell.edu>:
> I have a paradox:
> 1. mplayer file.avi
> 2. cat file.avi | mplayer -
> The first above succeeds. The second fails (after a promising start)
> with message
> ds_fill_buffer: End of file reached
> EOF 1 341 ...
> Here file.avi was created by concatenating several .avi files using
> mencoder. The failure probably occurs when mplayer is beginning to
> access the contents of the second concatenated .avi file though the
> screen playback has not yet reached that point.

Files are seekable, pipes are not. AVIs don't play well with non
seekable streams, and I don't think concatenating AVI files is the
'correct' method of joining AVI files.



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