gst-inspect not finding plugin loader helper binary

Nicholas Butts nbutts at
Mon Aug 22 14:47:03 PDT 2011

Found the problem, I had GST_PLUGIN_SYSTEM_PATH pointing to /usr/lib instead
of /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10, now I don't get the error messages. But I had to
recreate my host directory structure and put the gst-plugin-scanner in the
same path the hosts thinks it should be in. This seems like a bug. I want to
build gstreamer in location A on my build machine, but it will reside in
location B on my host target. Is there a way to do that?

Also, I have all of the plugins copied over on my host machine, but when I
run gst-inspect I only see the plugins below. Why do the base and good
plugins not show up?

coreelements:  valve: Valve element
coreelements:  multiqueue: MultiQueue
coreelements:  typefind: TypeFind
coreelements:  tee: Tee pipe fitting
coreelements:  filesink: File Sink
coreelements:  queue2: Queue 2
coreelements:  queue: Queue
coreelements:  output-selector: Output selector
coreelements:  input-selector: Input selector
coreelements:  identity: Identity
coreelements:  funnel: Funnel pipe fitting
coreelements:  filesrc: File Source
coreelements:  fdsink: Filedescriptor Sink
coreelements:  fdsrc: Filedescriptor Source
coreelements:  fakesink: Fake Sink
coreelements:  fakesrc: Fake Source
coreelements:  capsfilter: CapsFilter
coreindexers:  memindex: A index that stores entries in memory
staticelements:  bin: Generic bin
staticelements:  pipeline: Pipeline object

Total count: 3 plugins, 20 features

On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Nicholas Butts <nbutts at> wrote:

> I've crossed compiled gstreamer to an ARM target. When I run gst-inspect I
> see the first error message and then many error message similar to the next
> message. I've set GST_PLUGIN_SCANNER to a directory that contains the
> gst_plugin-scanner program, but it doesn't appear to work. Any ideas?
> Thanks in advanced.
> (gst-inspect-0.10:1372): GStreamer-WARNING **: External plugin loader
> failed. This most likely means that the plugin loader helper binary was not
> found or could not be run. If you are running an uninstalled GStreamer
> setup, you might need to update your gst-uninstalled script so that the
> GST_PLUGIN_SCANNER environment variable gets set.
> (gst-inspect-0.10:1372): GStreamer-WARNING **: Failed to load plugin
> '/usr/lib/perl/5.8.4/auto/B/': /usr/lib/perl/5.8.4/auto/B/
> undefined symbol: PL_maxo

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