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Tom Adelstein: Real Player for Linux - Try this to make it work

Jan 16, 2000, 16:16 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Linux Today reader Tom Adelstein of Bynari writes: ]

"Real Player has distinguished itself for Linux as a PIA.

I've followed the Real Player instructions for the rvplayer for Linux and never got it to work. I searched newsgroups, asked other users, and tried most everything I could find and still no help.

Finally, I asked the project manager on one of Bynari's software development teams how he got his to work. He sent me an email with instructions and guess what - it worked.

So, I just want to pass it along in case anyone else might be having the same problem I've had.

Here's the body of the email:

Tom, per your request, here is the procedures that I used to install realplayer 5.0.

Obviously the first thing to do it to untar it using the "zxfv" (uncompress, xtract, from file, verbose) flags. I highly recommend doing this as root. So, do "su -".

After that, "cd /opt". Next, untar it as specified above. After this, locate where netscape is installed on your system.

Using, "locate libnullplugin.so".

Once you know where the plugins need to be installed, do "ln -s /opt/rvplayer5.0/librvplayer.so [netscape plugin path]/librvplayer.so". That allows netscape to find it when it starts.

The next step is to make the shared libraries visable. To do this, modify the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable.

Next, modify the "/etc/profile" file. In this file, put the following, "export LD_LIBARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/[netscape plugin path]/librvplayer.so".

Next, logout and login. From here, when Netscape starts, it should be able to access the real video libraries and the plug in player.

Enjoy, Greg

P.S. Different distributions might have files in different directories, so please verify any hard paths that I've specified. For example, the directory "rvplayer5.0" may not match exactly with what got extracted."