Crashes with gstreamer backend

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at
Fri Jan 21 11:25:14 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Mark Kretschmann <kretschmann at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM, Valorie Zimmerman
> <valorie.zimmerman at> wrote:
>> I realize most people here aren't very enthused about Gst becoming the
>> backend of choice for phonon, but it is happening, and will be shipped
>> by default with the next Kubuntu. I've built it from git at Harald's
>> request, and got an instant crash when I pressed play after
>> successfully building and changing backends. Also at his request, I
>> issued the following commands before starting up Amarok:
>> export PHONON_VLC_DEBUG=5
>> export PHONON_GST_DEBUG=5
>> export PHONON_DEBUG=5
>> and posted the relevant part of the output in the bug. Once I added
>> gstreamer-extras and gstreamer-ugly-multiverse to the gst-good package
>> I already had, I can successfully play the mp3s in my playlist.
>> This is all in
>> Why the post to the list: to ask why I got no popup telling me I
>> needed more codecs. I though kubuntu-restricted-extras would cover me,
>> but they are not included. Another note to the Kubuntu devels about
>> this is next! But our users should be prompted to add codecs instead
>> of Amarok crashing.
> To be honest, if Kubuntu insists on making the questionable decision
> to go with this backend (which I have explicitly advised against
> multiple times), then it would be a nice gesture of them to help us
> with debugging this crash.
> --
> Mark Kretschmann

To be fair, Harald has added code to get the popup to come up,
although it didn't work for me at the time, since kpackagekit was DOA.
Now that it's back, that part of the problem should be fixed.

However, kubuntu-restricted-extras *should* install the needed gst
codecs, if that is going to be the preferred backend, for sure.


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