[packman] A segmentation fault in attempting to have the Qt window of vlc-beta-20211210.736213df13-pm153.17.1.x86_64 fully loaded in a 64-bit, openSUSE, Leap-15.3, Linux operating system installed in VirtualBox

Lawrence Patrick Somerville spring2014day at gmail.com
Tue Dec 21 00:50:17 CET 2021

Thank you, Olaf Hering, Jason Craig, and Masaru Nomiya for kindly taking
some time to write some things relating to my problems with
vlc-beta-20211210.736213df13-pm153.17.1-x86_64 and/or the software package
vlc! After looking at my notes and Yet another Software Tool 2’s (YaST2’s)
Software Management, Extras, Show History I could see that on August 18,
2021 I gratefully also had success playing a .mp4 (Moving or Motion Picture
Experts Group, audio-layer-4) file in vlc-beta-20210812.fcba92731a… in my
Leap-15.3 installation in VirtualBox 6.1.22, 6.1.24, or 6.1.26 using
probably either the Linux kernel 5.3.18-59.16.1-preempt or

I made the switch from vlc-beta to vlc with the following commands as a
"root" user:

zypper refresh

zypper rm vlc-beta vlc-beta-debuginfo vlc-beta-debugsource

zypper refresh

zypper install –repo http-ftp.gwdg.de-2f96c871 -f vlc vlc-lang vlc-codecs
vlc-codecs-debuginfo vlc-debuginfo

(Again http-ftp.gwdg.de-2f96c871 is the “alias” in my repository setup for
the online Packman repository
https://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Leap_15.3/ on the
Internet.). In addition I was informed that the following software packages
would also be installed: libvlc5 libvlccore9 vlc-noX vlc-qt, to which I
entered “y” for probably “yes”. Afterward I double-clicked on the desktop
icon I had for previously starting vlc-beta with the “target” file
/usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop and which probably ultimately enabled
the execution of /usr/bin/vlc. The result was that the main window of the
VLC media player not only opened with “menu” items in it; but also I could
gratefully play a .mp4 file in that version 3.0.16, Vetinari of the VLC
media player with both audio and video signals!

Masaru Nomiya wrote that he did not receive a segmentation fault while
playing a .mp4 file in vlc-beta-20211210.736213-pm153.17.1.x86_64 in his
computer “environment”, whatever it was. Therefore a reasonable conclusion
may be that the segmentation fault I received in my Leap-15.3,
in-VirtualBox-6.1.30 computer “environment” may somehow be attributable to
my computer “environment” of my Leap-15.3 installation in VirtualBox. Olaf
Hering reported that “any issue with upstream vlc.git#master should be
reported directly on the upstream vlc devel mailing list.” So even though I
have abandoned vlc-beta in favor of vlc-related software packages from the
Packman repository, I reported my issues with vlc-beta in an
electronic-mail letter to the electronic-mail address vlc-devel at videolan.org
after joining the vlc-devel electronic-mailing list.

On Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 6:33 PM Masaru Nomiya <nomiya at galaxy.dti.ne.jp>

> Hello,
> In the Message;
>   Subject    : Re: [packman] A segmentation fault in attempting to have
> the Qt window of vlc-beta-20211210.736213df13-pm153.17.1.x86_64 fully
> loaded in a 64-bit, openSUSE, Leap-15.3, Linux operating system installed
> in VirtualBox
>   Message-ID : <5a4cc332-6e68-4bb2-361f-06f7f8703639 at jacraig.com>
>   Date & Time: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 15:44:39 -0700
> [JC] == Jason Craig <os-dev at jacraig.com> has written:
> JC>  On 12/17/2021 11:19, Lawrence Patrick Somerville wrote:
> [...]
> JC>  Do you really need a beta version of VLC to play an MP4? Is there
> JC>  some reason you can't just use the stable version (3.0.16)? I
> JC>  would expect the beta to not work at times, including having
> JC>  segmentation faults.
> I intalled vlc-beta-20211210.736213df13-pm153.17.1.x86_64.rpm, and
> tested.
> I've never got segmentation fault with playing mp4 files.
> But, this vlc-beta can't play all mp4 files.
> That is, it denpends on codec.
> For example, when trying to play av1 codec video, just get no video
> (=black screen).
> But, after recompiling vlc-beta;
>   vlc-beta-20211210.736213df13-pm153.17.1.src.rpm
> with my environment, this can play all mp4 files flawlessly.
> In short, the same is true for vlc 3.0.16.
> openSUSE DOES NOT include codecs with patent issues.
> ---
> ┏━━┓彡 Masaru Nomiya             mail-to: nomiya @ galaxy.dti.ne.jp
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