[pulseaudio-discuss] Problems with mplayer in Ubuntu 10.04

Mihai Sucan mihai.sucan at gmail.com
Tue May 11 04:05:20 PDT 2010

Hello Dan!

Thank you for your detailed answer. It is an unfortunate situation, but I  
do agree, it's not Ubuntu's "fault" per-se, it is certainly  

Nonetheless, this is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and I will, perhaps, not upgrade to  
Maverick. Perhaps I will wait for the next LTS release. Could the  
new/fixed release of OpenAL be back-ported to Lucid? I do not want to  
stick two years with broken mplayer/wine audio, nor do I want to make my  
own horrible "home-patches" to the Ubuntu installation - I mean I wouldn't  
like to compile my own openal and/or mplayer packages.

That is the only thing I ask: lucid-backport ... or an Ubuntu PPA from  
where me and many other users can get it. If this is possible, please let  
me know, so I can test it.

Thank you again Daniel.

Best regards,

Le Mon, 10 May 2010 23:20:07 +0300, Daniel Chen <seven.steps at gmail.com> a  

> On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM, Mihai Sucan <mihai.sucan at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Tested with a Guest session (temporarily created user account, always
>> fresh/clean). The same happens. I simply start mplayer and pulseaudio  
>> stops
>> outputting any sound.
> According to  
> http://lists.mplayerhq.hu/pipermail/mplayer-users/2010-May/079934.html
> this symptom is caused by the outdated version of openal-soft shipped
> in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The remarks in that thread are unfortunately
> ignorant of the fact that the tag date for 1.12.854 was Tue, 30 Mar
> 2010 05:05:21 +0000 (22:05 -0700), which was much too close to Lucid's
> release date. Also importantly, unless there is a significantly
> compelling reason, the Lucid development cycle synced directly
> (without any Ubuntu changes) from Debian testing. Please note that of
> this writing, the version of openal-soft in Debian testing *and*
> unstable remains the precise version that shipped in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
> $ apt-cache madison openal-soft
> openal-soft | 1:1.11.753-1 | http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/
> lucid/universe Sources
> $ rmadison -uqa openal-soft
> openal-soft | 1:1.4.272-2 |        stable | source
> openal-soft | 1:1.9.563-1 |      unstable | source
> openal-soft | 1:1.11.753-1 |       testing | source
> openal-soft | 1:1.11.753-1 |      unstable | source
> Of course this instance is an unfortunate example of newer software
> being released while the distribution was in a freeze state. In fact,
> WINE as shipped in Lucid suffers from the same classes of problems. At
> this point, the only hope of getting a newer openal-soft into Lucid
> lies in getting it backported from Maverick, which means that someone
> needs to generate and upload that source package to Maverick (which
> may well mean Luke, myself, or any other dev, but we're all quite
> jet-lagged ATM).
> Best,
> -Dan

Mihai Sucan

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