debian console and multimedia

Aldo blinuxman at
Sun Feb 26 12:00:22 UTC 2006

On Sun, Feb 26, 2006 at 06:42:47AM -0500, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> what should be possible to play from the console with debian in terms of 
> multimedia?  totem so far as I know still is on the sysstem

Totem is a front-end to gstreamer; it is a graphical application,
mplayer is as well for the console as for graphical (gmplayer) 
(See mplayer-586 w32codecs realplayer on

> I'm using and 
> earlier attempts to use m-player failed completely because of a missing 
> avisynth.dll file. 

I use Debian Sarge, I still have used stable Debians for years and still 
have used mplayer with full success and no any problem.

Doen't w32codecs meets your needs?

> This not only failed on a couple streams on the web 
> but also on playing a dvd.  I probably had every other codec for mplayer 
> than avisynth.dll but that one killed it. 

I have no avisynth.dll at all.

> I don't care about the 
> pictures, but do need the sound.

mplayer -vo null file_to_listen_to 'enter'


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