after update, gmplayer errors

Alexander A. walrus at
Fri Nov 23 19:33:27 UTC 2007


The pattern you were looking for is actually quite simple: If the filename
(and/or path to file) contains spaces, parenthesis or other symbols that are
translated into a %XX code like in any URI (space is %20 for example) then
gmplayer handles the URI with errors, and fails to find the corresponding

The solution I found on
ubuntuforums  is as following:
Open /usr/share/applications/mplayer.desktop (e.g. run gksudo gedit
/usr/share/applications/mplayer.desktop) and change Exec=gmplayer %U to
Exec=gmplayer %F

This somehow corrects the file path/name (URI) given to the player by the
system, thus fixing the problem.

Good luck!

Craig Hagerman wrote:
> I did an apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade a couple days ago.
> Today I went to play a video file. I have it set up to automatically
> play in gmplayer when I double click on any video. I found that
> gmplayer refused to play almost anything. However, if I open the file
> using mplayer from the command line it plays the file just fine. I had
> thought these were the same! Isn't gmplayer just a front-end for
> mplayer?
> Doesn't seem to be any pattern - almost all avi, wmv or whatever
> files. I have the latest mplayer and have had all the w32codec etc all
> installed and working just fine up until now. Any idea what might have
> gotten screwed around with the recent update?
> Craig
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