gnome-mplayer stutters on restarting video with space-bar following fwd/rew arrow keypress

Bug #1514600 reported by markling on 2015-11-09
This bug affects 1 person
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gnome-mplayer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

1. Start video : plays fine.
2. Spacebar to <pause> video : works fine
4. Spacebar to <restart> video : works fine

If however:
5. ">" to <fwd> video : goes okay
6. Spacebar to <pause> video : works fine
7. Spacebar to <restart> video : video stutters

I created an error log (attached) in which I started a video and then:

1. paused and restarted it with the spacebar three times
2. fowarded
3. paused and restarted it with the spacebar three times

Some obvious problems:

# it seems to be looking for options in the directory where the video its playing is located
# it can't find an input.conf file in the user's home directory
# it keeps "trying to enable screensaver" (20 times in this brief test)
# it keeps "trying to disable screensaver" (14 times in this brief test)
# it keeps looking for a video called "filename" in the user directory where it was launched

This is a severe problem for work that requires rapid navigation of video using keyboard shortcuts.

The thing that makes mplayer the greatest media player are its keyboard shortcuts and the faultless control it gives over playback position and speed.

FYI, Nothing like this has occurred in years of operation. It was working fine last week, before a distribution upgrade and fresh install of gnome-mplayer. (Last was about a year ago - I couldn't tell you what version it was, but it was installed from Ubuntu Software Center at the time.).

Current installed distribution:

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 15.04
Release: 15.04
Codename: vivid

Current intsalled version:

1.0.9-3 (/var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_vivid_universe_binary-amd64_Packages) (/var/lib/dpkg/status)
 Description Language:
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_vivid_universe_binary-amd64_Packages
                  MD5: 1e1637269356ab9ede23204857b86a41
 Description Language: en
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_vivid_universe_i18n_Translation-en
                  MD5: 1e1637269356ab9ede23204857b86a41
 Description Language: en_GB
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_vivid_universe_i18n_Translation-en%5fGB
                  MD5: 1e1637269356ab9ede23204857b86a41

Reverse Depends:
  gnome-mplayer-dbg,gnome-mplayer 1.0.9-3
  gecko-mediaplayer,gnome-mplayer 1.0.7
1.0.9-3 - libasound2 (2 1.0.16) libc6 (2 2.7) libcairo2 (2 1.2.4) libcurl3-gnutls (2 7.16.2) libdbus-1-3 (2 1.0.2) libdbus-glib-1-2 (2 0.78) libgda-5.0-4 (2 5.0.2) libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (2 2.22.0) libglib2.0-0 (2 2.35.9) libgmlib1 (2 1.0.7) libgmtk1 (2 1.0.7) libgpod4 (2 0.6.0) libgtk-3-0 (2 3.7.10) libmusicbrainz3-6 (2 3.0.2) libnautilus-extension1a (2 1:2.91) libnotify4 (2 0.7.0) libx11-6 (0 (null)) libxss1 (0 (null)) dconf-gsettings-backend (16 (null)) gsettings-backend (0 (null)) mplayer2 (16 (null)) mplayer (0 (null)) gecko-mediaplayer (0 (null)) gnome-icon-theme-symbolic (0 (null)) xdg-utils (0 (null)) gnome-mplayer:i386 (0 (null))
1.0.9-3 -
Reverse Provides:

markling (markling) wrote :

Stutter occurred also when playing an mp3 without pausing or rwd/fwding play.

It also occurred that I played the same audio file without stutter, even while pausing and doing rwd/fwd during play. So I thought this was not a problem that effected audio. But it did when the same audio was played a second time. So a bit odd, but I've included the error output in case its helpful in diagnosing the wider problem.

markling (markling) wrote :

The video stutter doesn't appear to occur if you avoid using the arrow keys to fwd/rev and only use the mouse pointer to relocate the video.

markling (markling) wrote :

It occurs while playing mp3's such that using the arrow keys to navigate a recording make playback stutter so much that it renders the navigation almost pointless.

markling (markling) wrote :

I would be eager to perform any further investigation of this bug as required, if given suitable instructions.

markling (markling) wrote :


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Redwolf (viking.redwolf) wrote :

Please, don't do that. Gnome-Mplayer have been notified of this bug. There's no room for childish behaviour here.

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