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Fedora Core 5 Tips and Tricks (v1.0)
Last modified: Friday November 9, 2012

This is based on my Fedora Core 4 Tips and Tricks page. This page is now pretty much complete. There is also a Fedora Core 6 Tips and Tricks page. Recent changes are highlighted in yellow.

Add support for other repositories

Fedora comes with a ton of software but there are still plenty of packages of interest to most users that are not included for a variety of reasons. This is where you find the MP3 plug-in and a ton of other packages. Yum is now the preferred update format, however the handy RHN icon on the GNOME task bar that I like (but nobody else does) still seems to be tied to the old RHN method using up2date.

Before you add repositories it's probably a good idea to make sure your system is fully updated first. It's still early but right now the Livna and freshrpms repositories seems to be the most useful. The easiest way to get started is to install the freshrpms-release packages:

# rpm -ihv http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/5/i386/livna-release-5-8.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ihv http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/5/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm
You can browse the packages available there at http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/5/i386/ and http://bordeaux.freshrpms.net/. To automatically install/update the Macromedia Flash plug-in copy This File to your /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

Install MP3 Plug-in

Since you've been following along this next step is about as easy as it gets. Just use yum  to automatically install the MP3 plug-ins for xmms and Rhythmbox like this:
# yum -y install xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 gstreamer-plugins-ugly libmad libid3tag
While you're here you might as well install my personal favorite (this week at least) music player Banshee:
# yum -y install banshee
The -y  flag is to automatically answer yes to any question. If you want to be able to say no you can ignore that flag.

While you're there I highly recommend the grip CD ripper which supports both MP3 and Ogg formats. Once again installation is quite simple:

# yum -y install grip

Install Macromedia Flash/Shockwave plug-in

If you set up the repositories correctly above you should just need to do this:
# yum -y install flash-plugin
You can get more information about this plug-in at http://macromedia.mplug.org/. Before the plug-in gets installed you'll need to agree to the terms of the license.

There is a problem with fonts not being handled correctly in the current version of the flash plug-in and until Macromedia gets around to fixing the plug-in you'll need to do the following workaround.

# mkdir -p /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/
# ln -s /etc/X11/fs/config /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/config

Install DVD player

Currently I find the DVD player that works best is the Xine Multimedia Player which is found in the Livna repository so installing it is just this simple:
# yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins
This will install the xine DVD/VCD/CD player. Now to get xine to automatically play a DVD upon insertion instead of the Totem player which can't actually play DVDs, go to the System -> Preferences -> Removable Drives and Media. Once that comes up select Multimedia Make sure Video DVD Discs is turned on and put in the following for the command:
xine --auto-play --auto-scan dvd
Does anytone know how to automate changes to the Gnome configuration files?

Install MPlayer Media Player

At some point you're probably going to want to play a QuickTime, AVI or ASF file so you'll want the MPlayer media player. Fortunately with the FreshRpms repositories it's also very easy to download and install. Once again there are conflicts between the Livna and FreshRpms repositories and you'll have to disable one of them.

# yum -y --disablerepo=livna install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts
# yum -y install mplayerplug-in

To prevent potential problems of updates in the Livna repository from messing up the mplayer  and mencoder  packages add the following line highligted in bold to the file /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo :

exclude=mplayer* mencoder*


This command line will download the whole kit and kaboodle. that if you want to play content from a command line that you use the gmplayer  version which will include a skin-able control panel. This will install the plug-in to play a wide variety of media within your browser window. Restart your web browser after that whole mess is done installing and you'll also have a plug-in for Mozilla so you can play embedded content. While you're at it be sure to configure mplayer to use the ALSA sound system rather than the default. It just works better. Edit the file ~/.mplayer/config and add the following line:


And finally you'll probably also want some additional codecs to play all that proprietary video that seems to have infected the Internet. Go to the MPlayer Download page and download the essential codes package. You'll need to install those files in /usr/local/lib/win32. Here are the steps. Remember the exact file names may change at some point.

# gtar xjvf essential-20050412.tar.bz2
# mkdir /usr/local/lib/win32
# mv essential-20050412/* /usr/local/lib/win32

Install VLC (VideoLAN Client)

Multimedia can be the achilles heel of Linux, but with just a little work you should be able to play just about anything your friends can. Besides Mplayer the other great video player is called VLC. It too is trivially easy to install once you have your repositories set up:
# yum -y install videolan-client
Once the client and a zillion dependencies get installed you can play a huge variety of video formats easy with the command vlc 

Install RealPlayer 10 Media Player

If you have a better way of installing a Real Medial player please let me know if in the comments section below.

Before you install the play you'll need to make sure the compat-libstdc++-33 module is installed. Download the RealPlayer10 package from the following location:

Before you start you'll probably want to get rid of the mostly useless HelixPlayer so they don't get in each other's way. Then install the RPM from the command line:
# rpm -ev HelixPlayer
# yum -y install compat-libstdc++-33
# rpm -ihv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm
The other thing you'll need to do is prevent the mplayerplug-in  you installed above from trying to handle Real Media. I don't know why it's included because it almost never works correctly. The easiest way to disable it is to remove the appropriate plugin files:
# cd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
# rm mplayerplug-in-rm.so
Then whenever you want to view something just use /usr/bin/realplay . Here is a link to a cute test video to make sure it's working for you.

If audio is working but you have a black screen then it's possible your video card doesn't support XVideo. You can turn it off by clicking on Tools  -> Preferences then choose the Hardware tab and disable Use XVideo .

If the video doesn't play properly the first thing to check is to make sure you're not running SElinux, it seems to prevent the RealPlayer from getting access to the drivers. I currently run with SElinux disabled but I recommend you run it in the Targeted mode rather than the most secure mode.

After you've run it the first time and gone through the configuration screens edit the ~/.realplayerrc  file and add the following line in the [helix]  section of the configuration:

For some reason on my system RealPlayer uses the the old and virtually obsolete OSS sound driver. The line above tells it to use the newer ALSA sound driver instead.

Install Java J2RE and Mozilla Plug-in

It's also very handy to have the Java run-time environment available and most importantly a Mozilla plug-in so you can view dynamic content. It's unfortunate that Mozilla will actually crash if you go to a site containing Java and you don't have the plug-in installed.

For now there is no easy way to do this but I found the following instructions on FedoraForums.org. Basically, start by downloading the JRE 5.0 Update 6 (at the time I wrote this) from Sun.com. You'll want to grab the Linux RPM in self-extracting file. Then you want to install it with:

# chmod +x jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586-rpm.bin
# ./jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586-rpm.bin

Then you'll probably want to enable Java Plug-ins and here once again there is no easy way:

# ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
And finally you'll need to tell Fedora that you wish to use this version of Java as the preferred interpreter rather than the Open Source version that's installed by default. You'll of course need to adjust the full pathname if you install a newer version of the jre than the one in this example:
# /usr/sbin/alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java 1506
# java -version
java version "1.5.0_06"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_06-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_06-b05, mixed mode, sharing)
If you know of an easier way please post it to the Comments section below.

Install NTFS driver

With repositories like Livna it's now very easy to add NTFS support to Fedora:
# yum -y install kmod-ntfs
Then you can simply mount NTFS file systems. You can find more detailed information about this driver at http://www.linux-ntfs.org/content/view/187/

Install Internet Explorer

I know what you're saying, why would I ever want Internet Explorer installed on my perfectly good Linux system? If you don't have your own answer to that question, feel free to just skip this section. For everyone else, it's actually quite easy thanks to some very handy scripts from IEs4Linux. Before you start you'll need to make sure you have wine  and cabextract  installed:
# yum -y install wine cabextract
Then just download the latest script, extract and run it. The example below is based on version 2.0.3, just adjust the version number as necessary. Please note that you will want to install and run this as your own user, NOT as root. I used the defaults except that I installed all the versions of IE. I do some web development and I always find myself needing to resolve some goofy incompatibilites with older versions of IE.
$ gtar xzvf ies4linux-2.0.3.tar.gz
$ cd ies4linux-2.0.3
$ ./ies4linux
Welcome, greg! I'm IEs4Linux.
I can install IE 6, 5.5 and 5.0 for you easily and quickly.
You are just four 'enter's away from your IEs.

I'll ask you some questions now. Just answer y or n (default answer is the bold one)

IE 6 will be installed automatically.
Do you want to install IE 5.5 SP2 too? [ y / n ] y
IEs 4 Linux installations finished!

To run your IEs, type:

You can read more about this feature on my Internet Explorer with ActiveX on Linux page. It goes into a little more detail about using IE on Linux.

Install Other Odds and Ends

MS TrueType Fonts

Many people will find it handy to have MS TrueType fonts available to make sure many websites render correctly. You can download the latest RPM from http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc5.html#ttf and install it as follows:
#  wget --referer=http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc5.html \
# rpm -ihv msttcorefonts-1.3-4.noarch.rpm
# service xfs restart

Turn off the ANNOYING Spatial Nautilus Behavior

I don't know if it's the worst feature of Fedora but it's definitely in the top 5. You can get the old more sane behavior by bringing up nautilus then choose Edit -> Preferences then select the Behavior tab. Near the top find the option for Always open in browser windows and make sure it is checked.

Other Handy Utilities

Here are a few other tools that aren't installed by default but a lot of people find handy:
# yum -y install bittorrent-gui gnomebaker testdisk
bittorrent-gui - Simple Gnome based BitTorrent client
gnomebaker - GTK based CD/DVD burning utility
testdisk - Two command line utilities to recover lost partitions and undelete files on FAT filesystems. VERY handy for undeleting files on flash memory cards.

Other Useful Resources

I've tried to not just copy other people's tips so I've included a list of other people's tips and tricks I've found to be useful. There should be little or no overlap.
Mauriat Miranda's FC5 Installation Guide - Great guide that goes into more depth of selecting options during the installation process. This is also the source of the MS fonts RPM.

Fedora Core 5 Linux Installation Notes - Another great Fedora installation guide. This guide goes into some server related features rather than just desktop features.

Using Linux and Bluetooth DUN on the Treo 650 - A very nice guide to using a Treo 650 phone as a modem with your Linux based PC. It works great for me with one change. Do NOT uncomment the line encrypt enable;  as it just won't work for me with encryption enabled with a D-Link DBT-120 and a Treo 650 phone.

FedoraForum - Linux Support Community - This is now the official way to get community support of the Fedora Linux system. There is no official Red Hat mailing list for FC4 any more.

Fedora Multimedia Installation HOWTO - I discovered this great resource after I wrote this. This document goes into more detail than mine so it's a great resource.

The Unofficial Fedora FAQ - Another great guide that should answer most general questions about Fedora. Fedora Core 5 doesn't seem to be addressed there yet but most answers are the same for both FC4 and FC5.

This Fedora Core 5 Tips & Tricks translated into Italian - Thanks to Guido for translating this guide into Italian. Please also urge Guido to choose a better picture of me.

Fedora fc5 on EasyLinux.info - Yet another guide. The thing I love about Linux is that you can solve any problem a number of different ways. That includes these tips guides, everyone has a different way. Different strokes for different folks.

The comments section below is only for comments, suggestions or corrections for this guide only. Please do not use this for general Fedora/Linux support. If you do require support for something other than what's described here I recommend using Fedora Forums.

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21-Dec-2007 16:59
Running update-alternatives --config java is essential to select new installed pluging
(after # /usr/sbin/alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java 1506   )

in case U have already old JRE version
Bruce M. Lewis
01-Nov-2007 12:39
Try start with our site map.
22-Feb-2007 09:59
Great site!

In order to get xine to read DVDs I had to installed xine-lib-extras.
28-Dec-2006 13:03
Thanks a lot for your post. Really helpfull to put FC up and running.
Just my two cents, here it is an spanish translation (a summary actually) of your article in case you are interested in a link to it:
17-Nov-2006 15:59
Hi there. Thanks. I must say its a great piece of work. I am just another novice and it helped me a lot.
Chip Burke
18-Sep-2006 13:45
Some have asked for step by steps to install the drivers for the Intel Centrino Pro Wireless 2100 chip set. Here is an easy way to get up and running and have a nice GUI in GNOME. This assumes you already have NetworkManager installed from the base Fedora Core 5 repository.

# yum install NetworkManager NetworkManager-gnome

Update your system to the latest kernel. Be careful as this can break other kernel modules you have installed, so be sure you have the source/RPMS handy for any packages that may need to be recompiled/reinstalled.

#yum update kernel

Add the ATrpms (atrpms.net) repositiory to yum.

# wget http://ATrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms
# rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms

Next, install the drivers using yum. There are several dependacies that it will install as well.

# yum install ipw2100

Next, enable NetworkManager to start on boot up.

# chkconfig NetworkManager on
# chkconfig NetworkManagerDispatcher on

Reboot your machine so the new kernel module is loaded.

# init 6

Once you boot up and login to GNOME, you should see a new icon by the clock. This is very similar to the wireless manager one can find in a very popular commercial OS. (Names omitted to protect the innocent.)

13-Sep-2006 14:39
I also got the missing dependency when trying to install mplayer the first time. It seems like something in the Xine when installing this installs the missing dependency for mplayer. If someone else knows better, please let me know.


12-Sep-2006 09:44
awesome website, lost of good info.  however, there is something i still don't get.  i have a compaq presario r3460us with all the trimmings listed above (btw, this was lovely to see)  i get to the 'dmesg' step and can get 2 different outputs, neither of which are the proper one.

the first one appears before the bcm43xx driver is blacklisted:

bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks first.
SoftMAC: Associate: failed to initiate scan. Is device up?
bcm43xx: PHY connected
bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.
ndiswrapper version 1.18 loaded (preempt=no,smp=yes)

and the second one appears after the bcm43xx driver is blacklisted:

ndiswrapper version 1.18 loaded (preempt=no,smp=yes)
ndiswrapper (check_nt_hdr:149): Windows driver is not 64-bit; bad magic: 010B
ndiswrapper (load_sys_files:213): couldn't prepare driver 'bcmwl5'
ndiswrapper (load_wrap_driver:111): loadndiswrapper failed (65280); check system log for messages from 'loadndisdriver'

any tips?
11-Sep-2006 21:04
Just wondering if anyone knows why "yum -y install videolan-client" does not work.  Has the command been changed in some manner?
11-Sep-2006 19:48
Just wanted to thank you for this helpful guide to integrating media support into FC5.  I finally went cold-turkey on Winders last week at the urging of a computer science proffessor, and have found this to be one of the most helpful and easiest to use how-to's for adding media support to Fedora.  Keep up the good work.
04-Sep-2006 08:55
There is another great site which I most definitively use everytime I install a Fedora Core system:


They have all basic installation options numbered out for you. just copy and paste!

(who is actually a freebsd expert, but uses Fedora Core for testing purposes)
25-Aug-2006 18:25
If you are still having problems with the Flash plugin installing try turning off SELinux. I had spent a week trying different things. When to find out on accident that SELinux was causing it to fail. G0 F1gur3.
Rafaqat Ali
15-Aug-2006 06:02
Great work ...
I don't have to check and install each and every dependenciy. Some times in past it wasted most of my time. But now After instalation I simply open this webpage and follow the instructions. And later when I need to update ... Yum is my first choice....
DPBJ, Inc.
16-Jul-2006 23:09
For AMD64 and EM64T architectures, the instructions are almost exactly the same, except that for plugin support, nspluginwrapper is needed.  To install plugins in Firefox:

1.  Download and install the two RPMs at http://www.gibix.net/projects/nspluginwrapper/ (start with the one with i386 in the name)
2.  Copy plugins to 32-bit plugin directory (/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins or something similar)
3.  Type "/usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/x86_64/npconfig -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/[plugin]" (without the quotes, replacing [plugin] with the file name of the plugin you're trying to install) as su into xterm

Note that some plugins, like the mplayer plugins, are already built for 64-bit architectures, and don't need the wrapper.

Also, Java installation is different:  you'll need to get the AMD64 copy for 64-bit app support AND the i586 copy for browser support.  (Do not get the i586 RPM; it conflicts with the AMD64 RPM.  Get the self-extracting binary and copy the extracted files to /opt/java or any other folder of your choice.)  The Java plugin, however, will NOT install using nspluginwrapper (it doesn't accept newer architectures than i386).  You'll just have to use a 32-bit browser to view applets.
03-Jul-2006 11:58
# mkdir -p /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/
# ln -s /etc/X11/fs/config /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/config

what do i do with this?
02-Jul-2006 03:40
Hii,the matter is really useful and everything worked properly with me!thanx alot
Thank you so much
01-Jul-2006 20:11
I'm really impressed.  These instructions are super-handy.  
29-Jun-2006 08:57
Thanks for all your work. You saved me hours of figuring this stuff on my own.
Tapio Lounasalo
28-Jun-2006 17:43
To "Rockerz"; I think that you haven't yet "Add support for other reposities" (Livna and freshrpms). This have to do first if you want to use  and install Xine. As root write so that it is in the beginning of this site.
28-Jun-2006 01:15
Excellent page. i had nearly given up on linux. but need some help. when i try to install the xine player this is what i get

root@node153 ~]# yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
core                                                                 [1/3]
extras                                                               [2/3]
updates                                                              [3/3]
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
No Match for argument: xine
No Match for argument: xine-lib
No Match for argument: xine-skins
Nothing to do

what should i do plz help.
Tapio Lounasalo
26-Jun-2006 14:51
In the Xine-DVD player in my computer video jerked. I fix the problem in this way; # yum -y install xine-lib-devel    and now it works fine!
20-Jun-2006 20:58
Thank You, i've used *BSD's and Lini for a few years now and i've only just recently started to experiment with them as using them for my desktop machine but never with much success thanks to this i have a FC5 install taht does exactly what i want it to THANKS!!

oh, also the win32 codec pack for Mplayer now go into /usr/local/lib/win32 now not /usr/local/lib/win32
(not sure if anyone has posted that before)
15-Jun-2006 20:10
To answer my own question, 'yum install libmp4v2' will pull in the appropriate package from the livna repository.   Then mplayer gets installed ok.

I wonder who I report the broken dependency to?
15-Jun-2006 19:47
This is a great page!  I wish I had it when struggling to get mp3s to play on my laptop.

I am having a problem though, with installing mplayer (on a brand new FC5 installation).  Yum quits with

Error: Missing Dependency: libmp4v2.so.0 is needed by package faac

Anybody know what's going on?
Drew Lewis
05-Jun-2006 21:53
First, thank you very much for providing all of this extremely useful information.  You have saved me much effort.  

Second,  the link to the MPlayer Download page needs to be updated from
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html to http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html.  It seems the MPlayer folks had a server die and the link now has a "homepage" in it.
29-May-2006 19:51
For Easy Java Installation I Recommend Fedora Frog. It can be found at http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog. It allows you to Install MANY Applications easily on Fedora Core 5. According to their website, all you have to do to run it is type:
#wget -c http://easylinux.info/uploads/frog.tar.gz
#tar zxvf frog.tar.gz -C ~
#xterm -e ~/.frog/frog.run
And then a box comes up asking you what you want to Install. Make Sure "Java" is checked. Then Install What you Want. A Complete list of what it can install can be found at: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog#What_can_it_do_for_me.3F and to find out how to get it: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog#How_do_I_get_it.3F. This is MUCH Easier and Faster than the Method On This Site.
Nick M
27-May-2006 09:15
Hi, this is a great set of instructions to get fedora 5 into some sort of reasonable shape! Normally I find linux a real pain to install new apps especially coming from a windows environment! great work!
25-May-2006 20:58
It would be nice if you had something about wireless cards. For example i have a Fujitsu Siemens laptop with an Intel PRO Wireless 21003B Mini Pci Adapter and it wont work. Ive tried Ndiswrapper but still nothing. Do you have anything to suggest? Thanks. Again congratulations with your work!!
Justin Wells
23-May-2006 00:49
You might want to have a look at this article on securing Fedora Core 5 with encrypted /home and swap partitions:


This page explains how to set up encrypted RAID1 ext3 filesystems with dm-crypt, along with an encrypted RAID0 swap, on RedHat / Fedora Core 5, using the twofish encryption algorithm and dm-crypt's new ESSIV mode. A variety of benchmarks showing the performance of different chiper and block combinations are also provided, as well as init.d/rc.d scripts to set up the encrypted partitions on system boot.
Brian Topping
22-May-2006 12:58
The best way to install the Sun JDK is using the jpackage.org scripts.  It has a much better setup for alternatives, although I am suspecting that the /etc/profile.d script mentioned earlier here is still necessary.
22-May-2006 09:04
First I'd like to give you my congratulations on this excellent work you do out there. From FC3 to FC5 you make it very easy for us newbies (and not only) to make our linux system more usable. In addition i would like to report a dead link   in the MPlayer section with the essential codecs. The right link is: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html.
22-May-2006 08:09
Well done, very helpful site.  After being away from linux for about 3 years , your site was very helpful.  My laast install was a RH6 and things have changed a bit.  Sure glad your tips were command line, all this gui stuff is icing, nothing like a nice terminal window and a good keyboard.


Hossein Mohammadi
18-May-2006 08:57
I've installed realplayer simply by running its .bin installer file. the only modification I did is that I made a link to libstdc++.so.8 named libstdc++.so.5
The above trick solved the problem and now I'm using RealPlayer.
Rare Ruudje
15-May-2006 09:45
I started out using SuSe 7.3. Since then I played around with several distro's (Redhat, Fedora, Debian, Gentoo, Lycoris, Linspire, Ubuntu etc etc etc)
My personal favorites became Suse, Redhat and Fedora. For a long time Suse was my nr 1 favorite (mainly because of Yast) untill I found out that the apps I gave up on on Suse, worked allmost on the fly on Fedora.
Clear and simple tutorials like this make Linux availeble for the "everyday computer user". Believe me when I say: "A tutorial like this, makes Fedora easier to install and configure then Window$ XP (whit all the servicepacks, security-updates, firewall, virusscanner, pop-up-killer, ad-/spy- ware-remover etc etc etc)

Keep on the good work!!!!!
Alec Habig
14-May-2006 11:08
Oh, one more thing - mozilla (and likely firefox too) caches what it knows about plugins, foiling you when you change what the plugins are doing.  So, after you mess with the way plugins should be handled, be sure to delete the .mozilla/pluginreg.dat file.  Mozilla will happily rebuild it for you the next time it starts, and fill it with the proper configurations rather than the outdated ones you were trying to change.
Alec Habig
14-May-2006 10:46
A finer grained solution to the RealPlayer/Selinux conflict is to label the realplayer shared libs with the approriate contexts:

 chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /usr/local/RealPlayer/plugins/*
 chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /usr/local/RealPlayer/codecs/*

Also, one can stop the mplayer plugin from taking over realplayer in a less harsh way, simply by asking it not to in the /etc/mplayerplug-in.conf


Also, you might want to stop mplayer from dealing with smil chained audio feeds (as used by NPR to stream their broadcasts, for example)


13-May-2006 07:23
Tips I'd like to add on making RealPlayer 10 and SElinux play together:
Instead of disabling SElinux, try the following. Go to System > Administration > Security Level and Firewall. Go to the SElinux tab, and make sure it is set to enforcing. If not, change it to enforcing and reboot. Go back to the same place, and under the SElinux tab, open Modify Linux Policy, and Compatibility. Make sure that the following are checked:
Allow executables to run with executable stack
Allow the use of shared libraries with Text Relocation
Reboot, and enjoy.
Positive comments are welcomed. Send negative comments, reports from the spelling/grammar police, and flames to /dev/null.
11-May-2006 21:59
Very excellent write up, I'm not very comfortable using my Fedora build.

thank you,

11-May-2006 10:24
EXCELLENT write-up.  I'd been pounding my head in my desk for a few hours trying to get BT DUN working with my Treo 650, to no avail, when I found this page.  A one-line edit later, and I was online.  You've been a huge help.

Before I submitted my comment, though, I looked through to see if there was anything else I should praise you on.  Indeed, your tip for getting a Java plugin working was something I'd been wondering about, as well (I didn't know about the `alternatives` part).  So thanks for that one, too.
09-May-2006 22:32
Thanks for all the information you provided. It's awesome for a novice.
09-May-2006 00:56
Oh, I forgot the most important thing! Thank you for this wonderful site!
09-May-2006 00:55
Has anyone tried installing the yum-fastestmirror plugin? I found it by accident and did a 'yum -y install yum-fastestmirror' and it seems to help.
06-May-2006 23:10
Awseome man! I've been looking for a site like this, it answered all of my questions. Can't thank you enough for posting this!!
06-May-2006 11:50
Amazing. You da MAN!!
I get better support from this site than ANYWHERE else!!
Thanks a million!
Clive Hills
03-May-2006 07:39
I'd just like to add my praise for the help that your guide has given me setting up my PC with FC5! Thank you!
Sumedh Prasad
02-May-2006 14:28
Thank you very very much.

This was REALLY helpful.
Leonardo Pinto
30-Apr-2006 14:19
Sensational work. Very good having this great help. It was what Fedora needed to equal with other desktop distributions. And end users lacked to adhere to the Fedora.
29-Apr-2006 06:04
Very very helpful guide! Thanks!
20-Apr-2006 21:36
Excellent, very very helpful guide.

Might I suggest you add mt-daapd for those of us running iTunes servers at home?

Thanks for diligence!
14-Apr-2006 13:47
With regards RealPlayer10, I found that by going to http://www.real.com/linux and downloading the .bin file and following the instructions on that page RealPlayer installed with all the menu entries and links in place and everything just worked - including the snazzy shark scene with camera man's scuba tanks gurgling away in the background - the clip for testing if it works.
14-Apr-2006 13:32
OH MY GOD THANK YOU!  I've been wondering what the hell was going wrong with java on mozilla/firefox, and now it's functional.
10-Apr-2006 10:00
Here is a link to a helpful page that (I think) answers some of the posts I read above:  


I use the stanton-finley page and the page you are looking at every time I install Fedora.

Also I would just like to say I have been using Fedora for a few years now and I skipped over Fedora 4 to try installing some other distro's. Xandros, Gentoo, Ubuntu, Mandrivia, Knoppix and a few more. Well I am glad to be back to old reliable Fedora. Fedora 5  is freakin great, I love it.
09-Apr-2006 11:12
I can't hear any sound from xine unless I use the "-A oss" option. All other sound drivers simply don't work. Any clue?
In contrast RealPlayer works just fine, both with and without this trick:
09-Apr-2006 11:09
Is anyone able to view DVDs with xine?

I'm getting:
libdvdread: Encrypted DVD support unavailable.
libdvdread: Invalid IFO for title 1 (VTS_01_0.IFO).
xiTK received SIGSEGV signal, RIP.

I've also tried compiling xine from scratch (including lidvdcss and all other dependencies) and got the same error. It had always  worked for me until "upgrading" to FC5.

Any clue?
06-Apr-2006 01:54
Hi there.
I keep coming back for your tricks, I think they're very good. Let me just share with you one of my problems that weren't "fixed" by your walk-through. It regards installing java 5. After installing jdk5 as you described and exporting the environment variables like someone commented above, my Eclipse still used the fedora provided java. It worked fine, except that the subclipse failed to connect to a repository via https with JavaSVN. It seemed like some kind of name collision, so I googled about it.
The solution I found on the fedora-forum and looks like this:
- add an alternative to /usr/bin/java with the following command:
 alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /path/to/sunjava/java 2
- use the second alternative java runtime with the following command:
 alternatives --config java
 select 2 and press Enter

Now not only subclipse is working fine with JavaSVN, but even Eclipse is 50% faster. :)

Mark Schlegel
05-Apr-2006 20:54

Let me suggest what works well for me, instead of using the
yum -y install
command which blasts packages on your PC before you can
get a chance to stop them, try this:

yum check-update

then look over the list and pick what you want
(mplayer and udev updates for example) and
select them by name

yum -y install  mplayer*  udev*

05-Apr-2006 11:26
bmpx is a crap. It cracks playing an ogg files. On the other hand is quite similar to xmms, but it is unable to open a tree to find files. Install xmms and xmms-mp3, don't lose your time or bandwith.
03-Apr-2006 15:50
Then the livna repository is accessed for mplayer updates, which corrupts the installation which had been performed with this repository explicitly excluded.  What's the solution?

Add the following line to /etc/yum.conf. This will exclude mplayer from being updated automatically. You'll have to do mplayer updates seperate with livna disabled.

02-Apr-2006 20:56
Does anyone know where to get an NTFS package for the 2.6.16-1.2083_FC5smp kernel?  This is the patched kernel that allows for the 'nvidia' drivers to work correctly.
Dan Connelly
01-Apr-2006 15:05
The install of mplayer gets confused when I execute:

% yum -y update

Then the livna repository is accessed for mplayer updates, which corrupts the installation which had been performed with this repository explicitly excluded.  What's the solution?

28-Mar-2006 23:19
Your website is awesome and you saved my sanity! Thank you very much!!

Please keep your site up, it will help many people (including me) in the future!

28-Mar-2006 08:37
Good Job but where is the x86_64 support? It seems most of these tips are for the i386 architecture. Can anyone direct me to a good x86_64 database.
28-Mar-2006 06:15
Real player installation

Rather than manually mess around getting the dependancies for real player use yum to satisfy them.  So download the rpm, then do

 yum localinstall /path/to/RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm

that will install required compat libraries etc
Normally that would work but in this case the RealPlayer RPM doesn't have the dependencies in it to require the compat-stdc+++ package to be installed.  If you know a way to get around that pleas let me know.
26-Mar-2006 06:33
To make use of the SUN JRE you must export the new Java paths as done in fc4.

Create a file called /etc/profile.d/java.sh containing the following:

export JAVA_HOME

Once completed logout and log back in to actiate.
23-Mar-2006 22:47
Mirroring my earlier comments, many thanks for creating & hosting the Tips & Tricks page.  It's a great resource.  Here's an error on the Core 5 mplayer install:

"[root@localhost Downloads]# yum -y --disablerepo=livna install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts mplayerplug-in
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
macromedia                                                     [1/5]
core                                                                  [2/5]
updates                                                            [3/5]
freshrpms                                                         [4/5]
extras                                                               [5/5]
Cannot find a valid baseurl for repo: extras
Error: Cannot find a valid baseurl for repo: extras"

Not sure of the "baseurl" concept, or where the problem resides.
Tapio Lounasalo
23-Mar-2006 18:59
Thanks for all help in my Fedora Core's (3,4,5). In this "Fedora Core 5 Tips and Tricks" page you have a mistake in spelling; # yum -y install bittorent-gui . It should be; # yum -y install bittorrent-gui (with two r letters)
22-Mar-2006 12:26
Thank you! Very handy and everything worked well on my box.

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