Bug#928044: libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37: version 2.24.1-1 does not play some streams

Richard Lucassen spamtrap at xaq.nl
Wed May 29 08:37:52 BST 2019

I reopen this bug (sorry). 3 issues:


A) There is a significant difference between the time it takes to open
an HLS stream between the versions 2.24.1-1 and 2.24.0-1:

1) Go to http://radio.dos.nl/

2) Go to settings (drop down in right top corner)

3) Click "Choose protocol" until it shows HLS

4) Click on arrow (back to radio)

5) Click on "Page menu" (bottom left corner) and choose "news"

6) switch between the BBC stations (they're all HLS)

(check the Info button on the left top corner, at the bottom of the
info page there is the protocol that is used, it should show "HLS")

2.24.0 takes only tenths of a second (switches almost immediately),
2.24.1 takes several seconds. This is an issue that shows up with HLS
stations. 2.24.0 switches much faster anyway.


B) There is one station that does not play at all:

1) Click on "Page menu" (bottom left corner) and choose "jazz"

2) Choose Bert's Bytes.

Version 2.24.0 plays it, 2.24.1 does not. This is a simple seekable mp3.


C) Last but certainly not least: switching too fast between two HLS
stations (e.g. 5 Live and BBC Worldservice) makes the whole beast hang.
No way anymore to switch between stations. Note: I use a Debian
unmodified version of the "surf" webbrowser to play these stations. I
need to stop "surf" in order to make it work again.


Downgrading to 2.24.0 definitely resolves these issues.


It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak
aloud and remove all doubt.

| Richard Lucassen, Utrecht                                        |

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