Problem playing a DVD

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Wed Jan 7 19:05:54 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-01-05 at 12:04 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Monday 05 January 2009, Michael Satterwhite wrote:
> >On Monday 05 January 2009 06:24:24 am Jonas Norlander wrote:
> >> 2009/1/5 Michael Satterwhite <michael at>:
> >> > I have a DVD that I'd like to be able to play on my system. When I look
> >> > at the directory structure on it, I find that the VIDEO_TS directory
> >> > doesn't have execute permission ... IOW I can't list the contents. I
> >> > have libdvd installed, but I'm not sure how to get past this problem.
> >> >
> >> > Can anyone offer any help?
> >>
> >> You don't need to mount a DVD-Video to play it (same for Audio CD).
> >> Just pop it in the reader and choose play DVD in Kaffeine. If the DVD
> >> is encrypted you need the libdvdcss2 library from the
> >> repository read up on there site how to add
> >> it.
> >
> >That would be great ... if Kaffeine actually worked (at least in my
> >installation - I'm sure it's working properly in yours). My DVD drive
> >is /dev/scd0. For whatever reason Kaffeine insists on trying to open sdb5 -
> >which has nothing on it. I do have libdvdcss2 installed. If I could open the
> >directory, I could manually select the video file to play. As it is, it's
> >Kaffeine is unusable with this DVD.
> I had some trouble with kaffeine here, and finally built 0.8.7, which although 
> not terrible stable watching tv using the xine engine (gstreamer isn't 
> supported by my video card yet), I had no trouble playing a cd with it just 
> now, and that cd, a 2 disk set, has a dvd of one song too, and it, when I 
> click on the open dvd button, plays nicely.  I checked in my 
> ~/.kde/share/config/kaffeinerc, and the drive is not specified.
> So you may want to try a newer kaffeine.

I think you want to check your xine install. kaffine kinda rides on top
of xine. So, in my ~/.xine/config I find 

"# directory a media in dvd device will be mounted
# string, default: /dvd

...which appears to be broken as hell. cdrom seems to be set correctly
but not used. weird. 
# device used for CD audio
# string, default: /dev/cdrom

:) Ric


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