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On youtube-viewer first use (GTK)

From: sirgazil
Subject: On youtube-viewer first use (GTK)
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:49:59 -0500
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I've seen some mentions of this application around here and wanted to try it 
out. When you launch it, it seems to be broken, you can search videos, but you 
can't watch them (you double-click on them and nothing happens). I had to start 
"gtk-youtube-viewer" from a terminal to check for errors. I had a bad 
experience, but, in summary, I'm now able to watch the videos after doing the 

1. Install "youtube-dl".
2. Install one of the players listed in the "video_players" field in the 
application "Menu → Preferences" (I went with mpv, after failing to use vlc).
3. Got to "Menu → Preferences" and set the value of "video_player_selected" to 
the player installed in (2).

I wonder if you are really supposed to configure and install dependencies 
manually before you can actually use the application. I see this as a bug. I 
would expect the Guix package to install the dependencies and the application 
set a default value for the "video_player_selected" field. But I haven't tried 
this application in other systems and the application has no manual, so I'm not 
sure if this is the intended behavior.

Despite that, I'm glad to be able to watch YouTube videos without using their 
Web interface.


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