Daily xine RPMS (Linux DVD player)

update notice: this server has been updated recently (rh7.3 to fc4) but i still haven\'t been able to adjust the build scripts with the new configuration. the last cvs rpms will remain the same in the meantime.

Important notes:
  1. Dependencies for libxine rpm are manually set to a minimum. The package will not require libraries used by specific plugins, such as ALSA, to be available in order to be installed.
  2. Ogg/Vorbis version 1.0 is statically linked.
  3. To watch asf/avi files encoded with win32 dlls just install w32codec rpm. This rpm includes the old Video for Windows (vfw) codecs, Windows Media Video 8 (WMV8), WMV9 and Quicktime 6 codecs. these codecs will be used by xine as needed (that is, when native ones aren't available).

  4. If you install the RealPlayer8/9 rpm you will be able to watch Real Networks streams (.rm). xine plays Real streams with less cpu utilization than RealPlayer itself and works on sound cards without 44.1Khz support. Do not use RealPlayer10, xine will not be able to use their libraries since they changed the binary interfaces. fortunately, Real10 streams can be decoded perfectly using the Real9 libraries.
  5. libdvdcss 1.2.8 provided here is patched with network support. this makes possible to watch dvds from a remote dvdrom drive. check xine-lib/doc/README.network_dvd (ignore the steps to build 'cdda_server' as the same utility is included here as 'dvdcss_server').
  6. xine-ui is statically linked to libcurl. press (control+d) while running xine-ui to download new skins.
  7. libpng is now statically linked to keep dependencies low.
  8. Travis England kindly sent me x86_64 rpms for suse-9.1. These files are available here. Note: don't ask me about these rpms, I have not tested them. Check the readme file for more information.

Step by step guide to run xine

  1. You need to download the xine engine (libxine). Get the libxine rpm which more closely matches yourCPU:

  2. Download xine-ui:

  3. Install the packages (you need to be root):

    	# rpm -U libxine1* xine-ui* 
  4. If you want full DVD support download and install libdvdcss:


    By default, xine expects to find your DVD-ROM at /dev/dvd. Creating a symbolic link to your device is recommended (for example, /dev/hdc or /dev/scd0). The command below should work for most users:

      # ln -s /dev/cdrom /dev/dvd

    Make sure the DMA is enabled for your DVD-ROM, otherwise playback will be 'jumpy'.

      # hdparm -d1 /dev/cdrom
  5. If you want full Windows Media Video and Quicktime support download and install:

  6. If you want full Real Media support download and install:

    RealPlayer9- newest version
    (alternative rpm for fedora core: RealPlayer9-, or
    RealPlayer8- older version (if you have problems instaling RealPlayer9)
    obs: Depending on your distro, you might need update-alternatives-1.8.3-3.noarch.rpm

  7. Type 'xine' at your console window and enjoy...

    Hint: consider reading the xine FAQ.

  8. To try an experimental Netscape/Mozilla plugin using xine to play embedded videos, download and install:

    xine plugin for Netscape/Mozilla.

    This plugin was not officialy released, it might hang/crash/freeze/burn. in case of trouble just uninstall.