totem great instability

Michael A. Peters mpeters at
Fri Jan 13 03:40:02 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-01-12 at 22:21 +0100, Gianluca Cecchi wrote:
> Not considering the fact that you are able to play near nothing with
> it, this piece of software
> is very unstable.

With the gstreamer plugins from rpm.l* - it plays quite a few
codecs for me. Rarely do I need to fireup mplayer.

> Previous versions quite often crashed at launch or after selecting
> some menu items
> The latest totem-1.3.0-3, while navigating through file system, often
> freezes and
> doing strace of pid gives continuously something like what below.

I can't speak to that.
Totem in fc4 works fairly well for me, I have not tried the devel branch
- but keep in mind that a new gstreamer was just released, so there may
be some quirks from that.

> Does it make sens to include totem in core, when every one that wants to see
> videos in fedora, removes totem and installs then totem-xine (plus
> decoding/navigating
> libraries) or other similar applications like mplayer or vlc?

Yes it makes sense.
As has been mentioned - plugins.

Currently most of the cool plugins have the same patent distribution
problems as xine/mplayer, but hopefully fluendo (and others?) will fill
that gap nicely.

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