audio/video packages for ubuntu

JD jd1008 at
Sat Dec 8 01:28:09 UTC 2012

On 12/07/2012 05:54 PM, Steve Pearce wrote:
> On 07/12/12 05:22, JD wrote:
>> Wouldlike to install several audio/video libraries,
>> that provide flac, vorbis, wma, wmv, mpX....etc
>> except I do not know the exact package names.
>> How does one query the ubuntu repos using wildcards
>> as is done with yum on redhat distros:
>> yum list available "*flac*"
>> andit lists every available package containing the word flaci
>> in the "enabled" repos in /etc/yum.repos.d/
>> Thanx.
> Hi JD
> As far as I'm aware you can't use two wildcards in an apt-cache search
> on Ubuntu. These are probably the best commands to try:
> "apt-cache search "flac"
> "apt-cache search -n "flac"
> The -n switch will give you tighter results. From the apt-cache man page:
>        --names-only, -n
>             Only search on the package names, not the long descriptions.
>             Configuration Item: APT::Cache::NamesOnly.
> Given you're using Ubuntu, you'll be wanting to search for packages that
> fit the gstreamer framework. The following commands will show you most
> of the packages you're looking for:
> sudo apt-get update
> apt-cache search -n "gstreamer0.10"
> Running "apt-cache show gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg" will give you detailed
> information about each package, gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg for example says:
> Description-en: FFmpeg plugin for GStreamer
> This GStreamer plugin supports a large number of audio and video
> compression formats through the use of the FFmpeg library.  The plugin
> contains GStreamer elements for decoding 90+ formats (AVI, MPEG, OGG,
> Matroska, ASF, ...), demuxing 30+ formats and colorspace conversion.
> As I tend to deal with a lot of niche audio formats, I tend to make
> sure I have these packages installed in each Ubuntu build I run:
> gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
> gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
> gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
> gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse
> Hope this info helps!
> stevepdp
Thank you Steve,
yes it indeed does help.



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