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Media on SuSE Linux

This is a basic guide for playing media like mp3, avi, mpg etc. i.e., any mpeg layer format, and real media for SuSE 9.3 and higher.

First of all, ensure that you have the following packages installed:
xine-lib, xine-ui, kaffeine, amarok, and above all gcc i.e., the GNU C Compiler.

These packages can be installed from the installation CDs/DVD from here:
Applications -> System -> Yast -> Software Management

Then modify your LD_LIBRARY_PATH by doing this:

* Open terminal / konsole
* Type "su -" and hit enter, then type the root's password.
* Type “vi /etc/ld.so.conf” , then hit enter. (vi is a text editor)
* Press the Insert key, then add following locations if not present:

* Press Esc then enter “:wq” (This saves the file, and exits vi)
* Now go to /sbin using cd.
Type “./ldconfig” and hit enter.

Now do as follows:

* Download the below mentioned files (you may get them from elsewhere also):

Install Instructions:
* Extract the file xine-lib by right click -> extract or through terminal/konsole:
tar -zxvf xine-lib-1.1.1.tar.gz
* In the terminal or konsole go to the folder created i.e., xine-lib/
* Type “./configure“ then press enter. It will check for installed components.
* Type “make“ and hit enter.
* Become root with "su", then type “make install“ and hit enter.

Follow the same procedure as mentioned above for xvidcore and libdvdcss also. Make sure to use "tar -jxvf" for bz2 compressed sources.
* Now extract essential-20050412.tar.bz2 and rename the extracted folder to win32
* As root, copy the win32/ folder in /usr/lib/
* Now for real media files, extract the RealPlayer10Gold.tar.gz file.
* Create a new folder named Real in the extracted folder.
* Now in the terminal or konsole (as root), cd into the extracted folder.
* Type “chmod a+x RealPlayer10GOLD.bin“ , and hit enter. (This makes the file executable)
* Type "./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin" , then follow the procedures as asked. You can open the real player either by creating a symbolic link to “realplay” (created after installation) or you can run the command as “/home/INSTALLPATH/realplay“ (replace INSTALLPATH by the location where you have installed the player).
Note: There is no playlist option in RealPlayer for Linux.

Now you will be able to play the media files in xine, kaffeine and mp3s in amarok.

For any problems regarding SuSE Linux you can go to www.suseforums.net. It's a very helpful community, OR, you can mail me.

Ranjeet Karan