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#1 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » VLC no longer starts » 2018-05-23 05:19:09

I figured it out.  I was using the repos and it was sending me to a mirror for security updates that hasn't been updated yet.  I changed to and everything worked.  It looks like something is broken in how at least one of the repos is being updated.

#2 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » VLC no longer starts » 2018-05-22 17:30:15

I have to say I have never seen a solution like this in all my years of running Debian: since 2002.  It looks to me like something is really broken badly as a full-upgrade should have fixed the issue by installing what was needed.  BTW, this was after running aptitude update a second time so this is the very latest in all the repos.  As to ascii-security I would never run a system without enabling the security repo.  That's just plain stupid.

#3 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » VLC no longer starts » 2018-05-22 17:21:29

fsmithred wrote:

The version you want is in ascii-security. If you don't have that repo enabled, you should enable it. If the version from there is not installing, then you can name the repo in the command.
apt-get  -t ascii-security install vlc (maybe you need to add the plugins to that command, too, and maybe a full-upgrade would have installed the newer version.)

That isn't a workable solution for me as it completely removes vlc.  Here's the output from aptitude full-upgrade:

aptitude full-upgrade
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libmicrodns0{a} libnfs8{a} libprotobuf-lite10{a} libva-wayland1{a} 
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  libgles1-mesa{u} libvlccore8{u} vlc-data{u} vlc-l10n{u} 
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libvlc-bin vlc{b} vlc-bin vlc-plugin-base{b} vlc-plugin-qt vlc-plugin-skins2 vlc-plugin-video-output 
The following packages are RECOMMENDED but will NOT be installed:
  vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-samba vlc-plugin-video-splitter vlc-plugin-visualization 
7 packages upgraded, 4 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 5,532 kB of archives. After unpacking 54.9 MB will be freed.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 vlc : Depends: vlc-l10n (= 3.0.2-0+deb9u1) but it is not going to be installed
 vlc-plugin-base : Depends: vlc-data (= 3.0.2-0+deb9u1) but it is not going to be installed
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

     Remove the following packages:                                 
1)     phonon-backend-vlc [0.9.0-2+deb9u1 (ascii-security, now)]    
2)     phonon4qt5-backend-vlc [0.9.0-2+deb9u1 (ascii-security, now)]
3)     vlc [2.2.7-1~deb9u1 (now, testing)]                          
4)     vlc-plugin-base [2.2.7-1~deb9u1 (now, testing)]              

     Install the following packages:                                
5)     phonon-backend-null [4:4.9.0-4 (testing)]                    
6)     phonon4qt5-backend-null [4:4.9.0-4 (testing)]                

     Leave the following dependencies unresolved:                   
7)     task-xfce-desktop recommends vlc                             

Accept this solution? [Y/n/q/?] 
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  phonon-backend-null{a} phonon4qt5-backend-null{a} 
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  fonts-freefont-ttf{u} libbasicusageenvironment1{u} libcddb2{u} libdca0{u} libdvbpsi10{u} libebml4v5{u} libgles1-mesa{u} 
  libgroupsock8{u} libkate1{u} liblivemedia57{u} libmatroska6v5{u} libopenmpt-modplug1{u} libproxy-tools{u} 
  libresid-builder0c2a{u} libsdl-image1.2{u} libsidplay2{u} libupnp6{u} libusageenvironment3{u} libvlc-bin{u} libvlc5{u} 
  libvlccore8{u} libvlccore9{u} phonon-backend-vlc{a} phonon4qt5-backend-vlc{a} vlc{a} vlc-bin{u} vlc-data{u} vlc-l10n{u} 
  vlc-plugin-base{a} vlc-plugin-qt{u} vlc-plugin-skins2{u} vlc-plugin-video-output{u} 
0 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 32 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 32.0 kB of archives. After unpacking 91.2 MB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] n

#4 Desktop and Multimedia » VLC no longer starts » 2018-05-22 13:11:41

Replies: 6

I did an aptitude safe-upgrade the other day and since then vlc no longer starts.  I did another one today and aptitude removed several vlc plugins.  Aptitude still doesn't start but aptitude reported the following error:  No plugins in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/vlc/plugins.  It then asked me to manually run: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/vlc/vlc-cache-gen -f /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/vlc/plugins.  This reproduced the same error as aptitude reported. 

Doing a search for the error found this error reported in Debian, but the fix is an upgrade of libvlc-bin:amd64 to version 3.0.0~rc6-1 from version 3.0.0~rc5-1.  As the current ascii version is 2.2.7-1~deb9u1 this seems like a huge jump.  Does anyone have any idea how Devuan is going to go about fixing this?

#5 Re: Other Issues » AMD microcode update » 2018-04-14 23:40:19

fsmithred wrote:


I don't know. There could be differences in the server hardware, the network paths or the current load on the server. Try running a traceroute on the different repos to compare times. And also notice that us.mirror takes you out of the US. (Boston to Chicago to Canada to France for me.)

That routing through France pretty much answers why I am getting a "waiting for headers" message between files when installing packages, and some pretty slow download speeds.   I'll have to change mirrors. 

Thanks again, fsr.

#6 Re: Other Issues » AMD microcode update » 2018-04-14 23:34:12


Thanks.  That devuan is a release behind is what was confusing me.  I'll add the backports repo to my sources.list and get 4.15 from there.

#7 Re: Other Issues » AMD microcode update » 2018-04-14 15:06:31

Thanks for your reply.

I ran testing in Debian for years.  As such I had been running 4.15 for quite a while, and it had been fully patched.  Running 4.9.0-6 out of the Devuan repos gives me different results when running the spectre-meltdown-checker script than I got running it on the latest version of the 4.15 kernel found in Debian testing. 

I'm using in my sources.list file.  Is this repo not always kept up to date, or is 4.15 not available in ascii?  I'm just sort of confused as to the differences in release as to me they don't seem to be exactly the same.  Or, maybe it's just because I ran testing for so many years I was always used to having pretty much the latest of packages in Debian and I'm not sure what is available in each specific release as with the rolling release of testing specific version names were pretty much irrelevant to me.

#8 Other Issues » AMD microcode update » 2018-04-14 04:05:50

Replies: 7

Does anyone have any idea when/if Devuan will release the new microcode patch for Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities?  Will this rely solely on Debian's timetable?

I just switched this week from Debian to Devuan and am not familiar with how the security updating process works in Devuan, thus the question.  I have a Dell laptop and Dell has the patch available but it's only available for Windows users.  There's an exe file available but I'd be really afraid to run something this serious under Wine. 

Also, anyone have any idea if/when Devuan will add the 4.15/4.16 kernel with all the patches for specture/meltdown to the ascii depositories?  Or will that have to wait for a release beyond ascii?

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