[opensource-dev] streaming media on 64bit?

Marc Adored marc at inworlddesigns.com
Sat Feb 5 06:29:57 PST 2011

So maybe someone should provide a download of the needed 32bit
gstreamer libraries :) I think that if linden did this sort of like
Pheonix does with the SLVoice where the first launch it downloads any
extra libraries and puts them in the libs/bins folder. Is this a
practice linden might be interested in?

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 5:47 AM, Boroondas Gupte
<sllists at boroon.dasgupta.ch> wrote:
> Hi Marc
> On 02/05/2011 05:03 AM, Marc Adored wrote:
> I am on 64bit ubuntu and noticed that media on a prim works now even
> though I am using a 32bit viewer. I am assuming this is because it is
> a SLPlugin and not part of the viewer?
> That's not the reason: The SLPlugin binary, while a separate process than
> the viewer main binary, is also shipped only compiled for 32bit in the
> official downloads and thus faces the same problem as the main binary: it
> can only load 32bit libraries. The reason why it can display web content
> anyway, is that the library used for rendering html is also included (also
> in 32bit) in the download.
> I was wondering if the
> streaming audio/video that has not worked for 32bit viewers on 64bit
> systems could be reworked to work the same way?
> For audio/video stream display, the GStreamer libraries are used, but those
> aren't included in the download. So SLPlugin tries to load the
> system-installed version (if any), which (if SLPlugin is compiled for 32bit)
> can only succeed if those libs are compiled for 32bit, too.
> So the possibilities would be:
> Include 32bit GStreamer libraries in the official download (or in a separate
> download)
> Around 17 MB including common plugins, but still excluding any dependency
> libraries that might have to be added for this to work, too
> Offer SPLugin (and maybe the whole viewer) compiled for 64bit, too
> This would mean additional QA work for LL.
> Have Linux 64bit users install a 32bit GStreamer
> Probably difficult on many distributions (because GStreamer is usually not
> part of the 32bit compatibility bundles, such as ia32-libs)
> (I've gone into more detail about the options from the users' point of view
> in past explanations.)
> Is there plans for this?
> I don't know of any specific one. There's a feature request for offering
> official 64bit downloads: VWR-13793.
>  I think that with the refusal to work on a 64bit viewer this
> would be a good compromise because that is the only reason I require a
> 64bit built viewer.
> That would indeed make life much easier for non-technical Linux 64bit users.
> I just thought I would probe here first before messing with jiras :)
> Although this has been discussed in the past, it's good that someone brings
> it up again.
> Cheers,
> Boroondas

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