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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: omxplayer - support outside of the overlay Reply with quote

Author's note: I'm very new to using/navigating github and submitting fixes on gentoo bugzilla, please excuse any assumptions, questions, and outright errors.

I've installed omxplayer from an overlay, and it works ok as a player, but it's subtitle support was lacking, especially with MKV's.

I went to omxplayer's github support forum and requested a feature to support builtin subtitles in MKV's.

The author has replied that basic support has been enabled and supplied a link for download. The link supplied is a "deb" file, which I'm assuming is used by debian.

So I have a few questions:

1) I'm not too familiar with github, but I'm assuming this "deb" file is just a binary and not the source code. Is the source code kept elsewhere?
2) Can I submit a bug report with an e-build to install this new-er version of omxplayer? or am I allowed to suggest a new version of a package?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: omxplayer - support outside of the overlay Reply with quote

Bigun wrote:
1) I'm not too familiar with github, but I'm assuming this "deb" file is just a binary and not the source code. Is the source code kept elsewhere?


.deb files are indeed Debian archives, which are basically common archives along with some metadata. You can handle them with app-arch/alien, but many generic archive managers can open them, too.

.deb files are usually binary packages (as in this case, too); source archives do exist, but they are usually only distributed by Debian (or Ubuntu etc.) themselves.

The source code is in github, but there are no releases (i.e. in this case snapshots). To actually get the source code, you must clone the repository.

Bigun wrote:
2) Can I submit a bug report with an e-build to install this new-er version of omxplayer? or am I allowed to suggest a new version of a package?


https://github.com/torarin/omxplayer is a fork of https://github.com/huceke/omxplayer, whereas the ebuild posted by you is based on the original repo. If you want to use the other repo, you can create a local ebuild and replace https://github.com/huceke/omxplayer.git with https://github.com/torarin/omxplayer.git.

If this works for you (the ebuild itself as well as the modified application), you can go discussing with the overlay and/or package maintainers if they are willing to switch to the newer version.
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