Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Annoyances of Upgrades III: I Want My Music Programs

Yet another annoyance in the upgrade to Hardly-a-Heron: the distribution no longer includes XMMS, one of the better light-weight music players. It includes something called XMMS2, but after a few minutes of playing with it I couldn't figure out how to get it to play one song, you, know, like:

xmms2 House_of_the_Rising_Sun.mp3

something that's simple in xmms. Fortunately, there are not one, but at least two sites that take you through the process of installing the original xmms from source, including all the development packages you need to install.

And Heron still doesn't have an MP3-enabled SoX. Fortunately, once you've installed all the development packages mentioned above, the installation of sox is pretty straightforward.

I have to admit, I'm getting Grumpy, I'm getting Grumpy, all the time.


theefer said...

$ xmms2

shows you the list of commands. So:

$ xmms2 add House_of_the_Rising_Sun.mp3

will work!

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