Saturday, September 8, 2007

mplayer Skins Problem

On CentOS Linux (and may be others), the easiest way to enable mp3, rm, and other proprietary media support is to install mplayer (you'll need to have the rpmforge repo configured):

# yum install mplayer

I don't like the default skin though. So I installed the mplayer skins package:

# yum install mplayer-skins

After installing the skins package, I opened the mplayer skin browser and bang! No skin except the default one was available!! Research revealed that it's a small, but annoying, bug in the skins package which installs skins in a wrong directory. Check out details of this bug here.

Luckily, the resolution is very simple. All you need to do is execute this:

# cd /usr/share/mplayer/skins/
# ln -s ../Skin/* .

After executing these commands, restart mplayer, launch the skin browser and it should have a fairly long list of available skins listed. That's it!


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