FreeBSD Port: mplayer-0.99.11_14

Andriy Gapon avg at
Mon Jul 27 10:23:31 UTC 2009

on 25/07/2009 08:20 b. f. said the following:
> Thomas Zander<thomas.e.zander at> wrote:
>> Stackhouse<mstackhouse at> wrote:
>>> I think we'll investigate VLC as an alternative.  Not too comfortable
>>> building around a solution that's not being maintained as it should be.
>> mplayer is definitely continuously developed, it's not an abandoned
>> project! They just do not follow a release scheme at the moment.
> He may have been referring to the FreeBSD port here, not upstream.  ;)
>> If the svn version does the job you want it to do, it's definitely worth a try.
>> I personally like mplayer as it is still lighter than VLC.
> I was going to submit a snapshot update some months ago to Riggs, but
> I got bogged down (sorry, Riggs!) with sound problems on my computer,
> and other demands on my time. By the time that I returned to it,
> upstream developers who were using Linux had introduced several
> additional hurdles by using SSE3 and several C99 math functions that
> were missing from our gcc 4.2 base compiler toolchain and our aging
> and largely unmaintained math library.  Since then, after complaints
> from users on the mplayer mailing list who were attempting to build
> snapshots on FreeBSD, they resolved some but not all of these problems
> by just disabling some of the newer code, which is ... not altogether
> satisfactory.  Also, there was, the last time I checked, some kind of
> problem with our base compiler on amd64.  Suggested workarounds for
> some of these problems were submitted by "Tomek" on March 2 to the
> freebsd-multimedia mailing list (under messages entitled "x264 patch"
> and "ffmpeg patch", but there are still some problems to resolve.  So
> this will probably require a little time and effort to update.  If no
> one else does it, I'll try to get to it in the next few weeks.  It
> definitely ought to be done.

Just curious, can't newer GCC(s) from ports be used to build those mplayer snapshots?
We have:
/usr/ports/lang/gcc42 <- 4.2.5
/usr/ports/lang/gcc43 <- 4.3.4
/usr/ports/lang/gcc44 <- 4.4.1
/usr/ports/lang/gcc45 <- 4.5.0

Andriy Gapon

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