[MPlayer-users] MPlayer – changing ‘ao=’ codec order in mplayer.conf does not appear to work for per user config?

Jim Cross jimgcross at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 23:07:52 CEST 2014

OK. Reimar, thanks again for your comments. I've played around with
lighttpd conf and finally managed to work out how to get env var to pass
through and yes, indeed setting MPLAYER_HOME appears to work for my case.
Just for completeness,I  added the following two lines to lighttpd.conf:
setenv.add-environment = ("MPLAYER_HOME" => "/var/www")
Now my dilemma is either modify lighttpd config file as above in order to
pass the HOME var MPlayer requires or just append 'env HOME...' to run

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Reimar Döffinger <Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de>

> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 08:06:59AM +0100, Jim Cross wrote:
> > FIXED - well 'fudged' is a more accurate description.
> > One could argue and say there is a limitation with MPlayer only looking
> for
> > an environment value 'HOME' rather than a more robust mechanism to
> > determine a users 'home' directory....
> That behaviour is very much intentional.
> If HOME is not set that is usually for a very good reason.
> In your use case, because programs started from the server are very
> much not supposed to use any "home".
> The web server (in this case) told us not to use a HOME directory,
> and I don't think we should "work around" that.
> > Running MPlayer with 'env HOME=/var/www' will help MPlayer locate the
> users
> Yes, that is indeed a hack. The proper solution is to set the
> bin-copy-environment
> (or equivalent) option to tell the web server it should indeed pass that
> through.
> Even better might be to set bin-environment to only set MPLAYER_HOME,
> thus still stopping other programs from accessing your home, except....
> > config file without having to edit /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf. This also
> > fixes the need to run MPlayer with sudo:
> This would indicate that MPlayer wasn't the only component having issues
> with missing home.
> My best guess is that something (e.g. ALSA) tripped over that as well and
> could not find its configuration, and as a result hanging MPlayer.
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