ffmpeg and LD_LIBRARY_PATH

  • I am running Opera on Slackware 14.2. 64 bit. I had various problems with video playback which I solved by installing additional ffmpeg codecs and setting LD_LIBRARY_PATH to where ffmpeg.so is. That is a directory where Opera is installed. It took me a while to figure it out. Currently I am starting Opera from the script which sets and exports LD_LIBRARY_PATH. I know there are other ways, but this quick and, at the moment, everything works like in a perfect world.

    I wonder how is it on other *NIX platforms ? Is there an install script which does something about it, or something else, or everyone has to figure it out for himself ? Perhaps a man page might help. For example I didn't know about additional ffmpeg codecs. As a result video playback worked, but it was not nearly as smooth and I had problems skipping forward and backward during playback. I must admit that my initial reaction was like "video is screwed", but I decided to dig deeper. I have seen many messages on this forum about it.

    I have another question. Is there a way to tell Opera to open new instance in another window ? For example I have window with video maximized and need another one. When I launch new instance a new tab is open. I can drag it to desktop and create new window, but I have to leave maximized mode before it.

  • There are posts in these forums regarding codecs, especially for *buntu as you might expect. I've yet to figure out where to find said codecs for my distro (Mageia).

    According to online references for Chrome/chromium, they should support a commandline switch --new-window to open a URL in a new window instead of a tab. (The full list is here.)

  • Sgunhouse, you might want to take a look at Slackbuild for Opera ffmpeg codecs. There is no 'native' package for Slackware. Slackbuild, in this case, provides a script which downloads package for other distro (maybe Debian) and repackages it for Slackware. I am sure that you could modify the script to build a package for Mageia. Slackbuild can be found if you visit Slackbuilds.org, make sure to pick latest version and type 'opera' in the search input field.

    Opera itself is provided as another Slackbuild, but don't let it bother you, there are no compatibility issues for codecs. I have, for example, downloaded RPM package directly from the site, converted it with rpm2tgz and installed as Slackware package. After that I downloaded and run Slackbuild for codecs. Everything worked without problem.

    Thanks for the tab/window tip.

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