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VLC 2.0.1

The newest release of the VLC media player is ready. From the version 2.0.1’s announcement it becomes clear that “This release brings a lot of bugfixes (over 110) and more stability of the young Twoflower. This is also a security update for SA1201 and SA1202“.

Since there are no source tarballs available for download yet, I created those from the “2.0.1” tag in the VLC repository and built my packages using those sources. When the official tarball becomes available, I will add that to my repository instead of the git checkout (the official source tarball will be smaller because it does not have all the git commit history).

All the internal libraries which I use for creating this VLC media playet package (ffmpeg, x264, libvpx, lame, etc…) were kept unchanged. The new VLC code (and the two securiry fixes) is what matters. There is one thing I did fix however. Thanks to an attentive Slackware user I fixed the missing support for the Open Sound System (OSS) Apparently my VLC 2.0.0 package (as opposed to the previous 1.1,x versions) was unable to use OSS for its sound output. It turns out that I had to enable support for OSS explicitly in the code. I verified that OSS is again available in the sound preferences of the player.

This is where you’ll find the packages:

My usual warning about patents: versions that can not only DEcode but also ENcode mp3 and aac audio can be found in my alternative repository where I keep the packages containing code that might violate stupid US software patents.

Have fun! Eric


Comment from aocab
Posted: March 17, 2012 at 21:38

Much thanks.
2.0.1 included a fix for my volume control issue.

Comment from Virendra
Posted: March 18, 2012 at 14:57

Is something wrong, I received following output.

Executing install script for vlc-2.0.1-x86_64-1alien.txz.
Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/gxine.desktop”: Key file contains line ‘x-content/video-svcd’ which is not a key-value pair, group, or comment
Generating VLC plugins cache data…
Package vlc-2.0.1-x86_64-1alien.txz installed.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: March 18, 2012 at 15:08


You get that error because you forgot to remove the “gxine” package when you upgraded to Slackware 13.37…

The error itself is harmless, you can ignore it. But it would be good to run “removepkg gxine” now.


Comment from tom
Posted: March 18, 2012 at 17:40

Hi, Eric. I’ve compiled vlc 2.0.1 (restricted) using your slackbuild, but unfortunately resulting package has no binaries at all (not even /bin folder). The same was with 2.0.0. However, vlc 1.1.13 went fine. I run slackware-current. Any ideas?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: March 18, 2012 at 18:08


Use my pre-compiled packages if you are unable to interpret the build log.


Comment from Andrey
Posted: March 26, 2012 at 08:44

Hi, Eric. Do you have any plans to build Phonon VLC backend for this VLC release? The old Phonon VLC backend won’t work with VLC 2.0.1.

Comment from tom
Posted: March 26, 2012 at 17:53

I’ve managed to compile vlc finally. There was a bug in it, described here, but recently has been fixed. The compilation with the latest git source was successful!

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Posted: April 22, 2012 at 04:45

[…] is either…imedia/ffmpeg/ Don't forget the dependencies or Secondly are you sure that it's a xvid codec inside that? A lot of stuff on the Internet now is […]

Comment from Gabriel Yong
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 03:30

Hi Eric, I can’t play .asf video, may be i haven’t install the decoder? but how to install it?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 14:33

Hi Gabriel

I downloaded a sample ASF video file ( and my vlc-2.0.1 plays this just fine…


Comment from Gabriel Yong
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 20:05

Yes, mine can play your sample ASF too but just can’t play my files. anyway thanks.

Comment from fakhry
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 09:15

Where can I download these source via rsync?

Comment from fakhry
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 09:35

I got it. rsync:/

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 10:38

By the way:
You will not find vlc 2.0.1 sources anymore because today I upgraded my package to 2.0.2!


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