Fedora, XMMS and MP3

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One of the biggest annoyances about Fedora/Redhat is that it's XMMS installation is incapable of playing MP3. I have managed for sometime with jlgui which is a java MP3 player.

Unfortunately since upgrading to Fedora Core3 few weeks back, jlgui does not seem to work too well. It does play music but it refuses to be minimized or sent to an alternative desktop. Having had enough of all this and believing that XMMS is still the best MP3 player around (for linux at any rate), had a go at compiling the player from source. Unfortunately as usually Fedora want's to make things difficult for you.

*** The glib-config script installed by GLIB could not be found

*** If GLIB was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in

*** your path, or set the GLIB_CONFIG environment variable to the

*** full path to glib-config.

That was the first error, rpmfind revealed that glib-config could be found in glib-devel-1.2.10 rpm, the configure script then produced another error. I am getting a feeling of deja vu.

*** The gtk-config script installed by GTK could not be found

*** If GTK was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in

*** your path, or set the GTK_CONFIG environment variable to the

*** full path to gtk-config.

That message is taken care of by installing gtk+-devel-1.2.10-33.i386.rpm and indeed the configuration step was sucessfully completed as with the make. Having uninstalled the previous RPM installation and doing a make install, I found to my great delight that xmms plays beatifull MP3s

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