[arch-dev-public] Qt/KDE and gstreamer (second try)

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Mon Jul 6 17:12:05 EDT 2009

Hi all,

about half a year ago I tried to use Qt with its gstreamer backend. Some of 
the problems I had are now fixed and I am able to play all my files without 

There is now Qt with gstreamer support and its own phonon in kde-unstable. 
This means video/audio tags might work in webkit now. So this is just a test 
if switching from xine to gstreamer as default backend is a good idea.

The downside of gstreamer are that you need to install all of its plugin to 
play any random file. And at least the "good" plugins depend on gnome libs 
(libsoupo, gconf, gtk etc.)

Of course its still easy to use any other backend (mplayer, xine etc.) I have 
put a xine-backend into AUR: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=28038 
Webkit only works with gstreamer backend though. (and the prerelease of 
kaffeine needs the xine backend)

Any ideas opinions about this? Maybe we can split qt and provide a separate 
gstreamer package; this way you can remove gstreamer if you really don't like 
it. :-)

Qt depends on the base plugins of gstreamer; so you can play ogg files; 
systemsounds should work. If a file really does not play try to install the 
whole plugin group.


Pierre Schmitz, http://users.archlinux.de/~pierre

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