Bug#458018: vlc: spuriously detects arbitrary text files as subtitle files

Drake Wilson drake at begriffli.ch
Thu Dec 27 23:44:53 UTC 2007

Package: vlc
Version: 0.8.6.c-4
Severity: normal

When I run VLC on a video file in a given directory, it seems to
sometimes assume that text files that are in the same directory are
subtitle files, then squawks when it can't understand them.  This seems
rather spurious.

Example output:

  $ vlc a.avi
  VLC media player 0.8.6c Janus
  [00000312] subtitle demuxer error: failed to recognize subtitle type
  [00000296] main input error: no suitable demux module for `/subtitle:///home/drake/tmp/fragment_program.txt'
  [00000318] subtitle demuxer error: failed to recognize subtitle type
  [00000296] main input error: no suitable demux module for `/subtitle:///home/drake/tmp/toshiba-link.txt'
  [00000321] subtitle demuxer error: failed to recognize subtitle type
  [00000296] main input error: no suitable demux module for `/subtitle:///home/drake/tmp/vertex_program.txt'

This error output sometimes also appears in a secondary popup window
that covers part of the video display, which is rather annoying.  This
has happened with both AVI and QuickTime containers; I don't know what
the trigger is exactly, as it doesn't happen all the time, though it
seems to happen or not happen consistently for a given file.

   ---> Drake Wilson

-- System Information: Debian Release: lenny/sid APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable') Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages vlc depends on:
ii  libaa1                  1.4p5-33         ascii art library
ii  libatk1.0-0             1.20.0-1         The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                   2.7-5            GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcaca0                0.99.beta13b-4   colour ASCII art library
ii  libcairo2               1.4.12-1         The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcdio7                0.78.2+dfsg1-1   library to read and control CD-ROM
ii  libcucul0               0.99.beta13b-4   low-level Unicode character drawin
ii  libdbus-1-3             1.1.2-1          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2        0.74-1           simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libfreetype6            2.3.5-1+b1       FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libfribidi0             0.10.7-4         Free Implementation of the Unicode
ii  libgcc1                 1:4.2.2-4        GCC support library
ii  libgl1-mesa-glx [libgl1 7.0.2-3          A free implementation of the OpenG
ii  libglib2.0-0            2.14.4-2         The GLib library of C routines
ii  libglu1-mesa [libglu1]  7.0.2-3          The OpenGL utility library (GLU)
ii  libgtk2.0-0             2.12.3-2         The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libice6                 2:1.0.4-1        X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libiso9660-5            0.78.2+dfsg1-1   library to work with ISO9660 files
ii  libjpeg62               6b-14            The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libnotify1 [libnotify1- 0.4.4-3          sends desktop notifications to a n
ii  libpango1.0-0           1.18.3-1         Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpng12-0              1.2.15~beta5-3   PNG library - runtime
ii  libsdl-image1.2         1.2.6-1          image loading library for Simple D
ii  libsdl1.2debian         1.2.12-3         Simple DirectMedia Layer
ii  libsm6                  2:1.0.3-1+b1     X11 Session Management library
ii  libstdc++6              4.2.2-4          The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libtar                  1.2.11-4         C library for manipulating tar arc
ii  libtiff4                3.8.2-7          Tag Image File Format (TIFF) libra
ii  libvcdinfo0             0.7.23-4         library to extract information fro
ii  libvlc0                 0.8.6.c-4        multimedia player and streamer lib
ii  libwxbase2.6-0      wxBase library (runtime) - non-GUI
ii  libwxgtk2.6-0       wxWidgets Cross-platform C++ GUI t
ii  libx11-6                2:1.0.3-7        X11 client-side library
ii  libxext6                1:1.0.3-2        X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxinerama1            1:1.0.2-1        X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxosd2                2.2.14-1.4       X On-Screen Display library - runt
ii  libxv1                  1:1.0.3-1        X11 Video extension library
ii  libxxf86vm1             1:1.0.1-2        X11 XFree86 video mode extension l
ii  ttf-dejavu-core         2.22-1           Vera font family derivate with add
ii  vlc-nox                 0.8.6.c-4        multimedia player and streamer (wi
ii  zlib1g                  1: compression library - runtime

vlc recommends no packages.

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