multimedia/vlc: suddenly no graphical interface

Garrett Cooper yanegomi at
Mon Nov 7 18:27:44 UTC 2011

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 1:46 AM, O. Hartmann
<ohartman at> wrote:
> On all of my used FreeBSD 9.0-RCX and FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT boxes (all
> amd64 and CLANG compiled), I do not have a graphical user interface in
> VLC anymore. Instead, calling vlc most recent 1.1.11), I get this error:
> VLC media player 1.1.11 The Luggage (revision exported)
> Blocked: call to unsetenv("DBUS_ACTIVATION_ADDRESS")
> Blocked: call to unsetenv("DBUS_ACTIVATION_BUS_TYPE")
> [0x8020521b0] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use
> 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
> [0x80205ad70] main interface error: option qt-volume-complete does not exist
> [0x80205ad70] skins2 interface error: no suitable dialogs provider found
> (hint: compile the qt4 plugin, and make sure it is loaded properly)
> [0x80205ad70] skins2 interface error: cannot instanciate qt4 dialogs
> provider
> [0x8020521b0] main libvlc error: interface "default" initialization failed
> Recompiling the multimedia/vlc port did not help, also unsuccessful was
> the recompilation of any qt4-port installed on the system. I also tried
> to find the local configuration files in my home directory and delete
> them, without any success.
> Is there something wrong with the DBUS subsystem named in the error?

The best suggestion I have is ldd'ing the depends until you find the
broken library (you can't figure this out typically by ldd'ing vlc
because it dl_open's things IIRC -- can't verify because I blew away
my install with vlc on it recently).

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