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Service Pack 1 for Precise 5.7

July 29, 2013 — BarryK
I have only just released Precise Puppy 5.7, and a problem was reported with external USB optical drives -- the desktop drive icon did not appear when an optical media was inserted.

I chased down the cause of that, but then I was shocked to discover that Gnome-mplayer does not play DVD videos. I have no idea why. There is no error messages, just an empty window.

I want to replace Gnome-mplayer with another media player, but for now, leave it there, as it does play videos OK, just not DVDs.

The Service Pack has Ogle DVD player, which works great. Superior menu handling also.

Download the Service Pack from here (540.5K):

This Service Pack should be automatically offered for installation when you start the Puppy Package Manager.
This was a feature that I implemented some time ago, to make it easy for people to install the latest Service Pack.


mplayer and service pack
Username: aarf
bert from irc chat was saying he had problems with fullscreen in some puppies so he proffered this to test and i chose plays fine in fullscreen in my gnome mplayer in precise57. service pack auto offer on opening package manager .... err,, nope.

Service Pack via PPM
Username: GCMartin
"I booted the 5.7 ISO. Started PPM and was NOT offered the update. I also, Updated the PPM and an not getting the offering. Is there something else, procedurally, that need be done?

take 3
Username: aarf
"ran package manager for a third time and now it offers the service pack. not absolutely sure the fragile wifi was connected before but fairly sure, so caution on the previous report. also plays but doesnt cover the whole screen in fullscreen mode. i now have the service pack installed when i did this second test. i dont find it an issue but bert does so he uses vlc. cant get anything at all to play in ogle:(

Re PPM and Service Pack
Username: BarryK
"I tested that, I started the PPM, and after a few seconds a window popped up offering to install the Service Pack. So, it works for me. Ogle is only for DVD videos. If you plug in a DVD, then click on the icon, Ogle should start, and immediately play the DVD.

Re PPM and Internet
Username: BarryK
"Also, you need to have an Internet connection when you start the PPM, to be offered the Service Pack. The only way that the PPM can know that a Service Pack is available is if you have an Internet connection.

Service Pack without Ogle
Username: BarryK
"This is very frustrating! There is a report on the Forum that Ogle works in Retro, not in the Regular flavour. But Ogle works fine in both flavours for me. I have never had any trouble using Ogle before, on any PC. Anyway, as Gnome-mplayer can be made to play DVDs, unfortunately not out-of-the-box, it needs some tweaks, I will leave it as the DVD player. I have taken Ogle out of the Service Pack, and re-uploaded it. Now I have discovered something else. When Ogle is installed, it creates /usr/local/bin/defaultdvdplayer. However, sc0ttman's Default Applications Chooser 0.8.6 does not check this file. Both Wary and Racy have Ogle, and have 'defaultdvdplayer'. Puppy will recognise this file if it exists, and use it to launch the DVD video player, which may be different from the main media player, which is set by 'defaultmediaplayer'. Default Applications Chooser needs to check for existence of 'defaultdvdplayer' and if exists then offer "DVD player" entry.

Re defaultdvdplayer
Username: BarryK
"Note that the '' script does not create 'defaultdvdplayer' if you install Ogle PETs in a running Puppy. if you do it manually, it needs to be this: [i]# cat /usr/local/bin/defaultdvdplayer #!/bin/sh exec ogleshell[/i]

Is this under PUPs evalution
Username: GCMartin
"[b]2 programs - Your consideration[/b] =

Username: BarryK
"Lloyd's Snap2 was in some pup releases. It is not in Precise, I think that I just forgot about it.

Precise 5.7.1 released
Username: BarryK

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