Really big Slackware update
#247 Henry, Thursday, 23 April 2015 5:53 PM (Category: Linux)
(Tags: slackware music xmms atunes)

Yes, that was a huge Slackware update. We're still Slackware 14.1. I have only installed it on my work desktop and one of my home servers so far, to minimise the problems. When these problems get fixed, I'll do the rest of the servers and desktops.

I've noticed some small problems.

I discovered the mplayer problem slowly. I use aTunes for playing music. It's a Java program that uses mplayer for the actual sound-making. I was playing some Eloy today, starting with a 20 minute track. When it ended, everything was stopped. I double clicked on the next track and it played. Then stopped. aTunes was playing a single track and then stopping. I checked the settings and it had reverted to xine for the sound-maker. That's when I said "that's interesting, I wonder why mplayer isn't running" and I ran mplayer manually and discovered the library problem. I was playing the tracks one by one, but usually with 5 minutes silence in between them until I realised the music had stopped. Switched to XMMS and the music rolled on.

I started reading the forums at and was reassured. Fixes will come down the pipeline soon.