Linux tips - The xine engine failed to start

This is a guide on how to fix the xine engine failed to start error in Linux. There are several reasons that print this error. This guide is regarding the no demuxer found - stream format not recognized when you try to open streaming media. This error also prevents Amarok or gxine from playing mp3. The pop up error is like the screenshot example below:

The xine engine failed to start screenshot image

There are many solutions in the Internet for Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuse, Fedora and Redhat Linux distributions however that does not help if you are using Slackware Linux. So here is the solution to fix the 'the xine engine failed to start' Slackware Linux:

In user's home directory, there is a hidden directory named .xine. In order to view this directory, you have to use ls -a command. Check whether there is a directory (or a symbolic link) named 'plugins' in .xine directory. One of the reasons the xine engine failed to start is because the plugins directory is missing. If that is the case, then please check whether you have /usr/lib/xine/plugins/1.24/ directory in your Slackware system.

If you have the plugins in the /usr/lib directory, then just create a symlink in the /home/user/.xine/ directory. See the example below on how to create the symbolic link:

[email protected]:/home/luzar/.xine# ln -s /usr/lib/xine/plugins/1.24/ plugins
[email protected]:/home/luzar/.xine# ls -al
total 76
drwxr-xr-x 4 luzar users 4096 2009-03-17 00:49 ./
drwx--x--x 38 luzar users 4096 2009-03-16 18:39 ../
-rw-r--r-- 1 luzar users 22773 2009-03-17 00:14 catalog.cache
drwxr-xr-x 2 luzar users 4096 2009-03-15 09:10 cddbcache/
-rw-r--r-- 1 luzar users 18840 2009-03-16 22:50 config
-rw-r--r-- 1 luzar users 10328 2009-03-16 22:50 keymap
drwxr-xr-x 2 luzar users 4096 2009-03-16 20:34 pingu/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 2009-03-17 00:49 plugins -> /usr/lib/xine/plugins/1.24//
-rw-r--r-- 1 luzar users 1190 2009-03-16 22:50 xine-ui_old_playlist.tox
[email protected]:/home/luzar/.xine#

That's it. Try playing mp3 file again to see if that fix the error. If this guide is not the solution for you, well, that's unfortunate. Try google some more, perhaps you'll find your answer soon. Good luck!

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