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Re: [PATCH] gnu: rhythmbox: Add gst-plugins-ugly dependency.

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: rhythmbox: Add gst-plugins-ugly dependency.
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:47:34 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

Andy Wingo <address@hidden> writes:

> Not sure what the right solution to this mess is; ideally a user would
> just have to install a set of gstreamer plugins and those would work
> across all of their applications, and you wouldn't have to specify the
> plugins for each gst-using app.  Dunno.  For now this works better than
> not being able to play mp3s tho :P

I don't think we should apply this patch.  Instead, please set
GST_PLUGIN_SYSTEM_PATH to ~/.guix-profile/lib/gstreamer-1.0 and then
all gstreamer plugins installed in your profile should be available
to programs based on gstreamer.  Works for me with totem, anyway.

Note that we have a 'native-search-paths' specification on the
'gstreamer' package, so if you install that package in your profile, it
should remind you to set GST_PLUGIN_SYSTEM_PATH.  Unfortunately, this is
not very satisfactory because there's usually no reason to install
gstreamer in your profile.

It would be good to find a better solution to this more general problem.
Ideally, it would be good to remind the user about 'native-search-paths'
for all *run-time* dependencies of the packages in the user's profile.
Things get messy in a different way when your packages are split between
your user profile and the system profile.  I'm not sure yet how to solve
the more general problem.

What do you think?


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