totem youtube plugin does not play; "you might not have permission"

Bug #193609 reported by Matthew McGowan on 2008-02-20

This bug report was converted into a question: question #25146: totem youtube plugin does not play; "you might not have permission".

This bug affects 5 people
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totem (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: totem

I receive an error while trying to playback videos retrieved by the totem youtube plugin.

This is the error:
Could not open location: you might not have permission to open the file.

Here is the terminal output, generated by the error:
matthew@matthew-desktop:~/Pictures$ totem
** (totem:8013): DEBUG: Init of Python module
** (totem:8013): DEBUG: Registering Python plugin instance: YouTube+TotemPythonPlugin
** (totem:8013): DEBUG: Creating object of type YouTube+TotemPythonPlugin
** (totem:8013): DEBUG: Creating Python plugin instance
** Message: Error: Could not open resource for reading.
gstgnomevfssrc.c(841): gst_gnome_vfs_src_start (): /play/source:
Could not open vfs file "" for reading: Generic error (2)

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your comments. This does not appear to be a bug report and we are closing it. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise your question in the support tracker.

Changed in totem:
status: New → Invalid
miked (miked11) wrote :

Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 Alpha 4
My totem doesn't even install youtube plug-in.
your download video doesn't seem to be on the site anymore.
I was able to watch youtube videos with firefox 3 preview with flash player plugin.

miked (miked11) wrote :

Plug-in Error:
Unable to activate YouTube Plug-in Browser

Matthew McGowan (mmcg069) wrote :


you need to "apt-get install python-gdata". That should get the plugin installing.

miked (miked11) wrote :

Cool, Thanks, Yes, it installed, but I'm have trouble getting anything to play from YouTube with it.

miked (miked11) wrote :


Matthew McGowan (mmcg069) wrote :

Yep thats what I'm getting, atm (see original bug). Everything was working a couple or more days ago, but some patch brought an end to that. I'd say you just need to wait until the appropriate patch is released -- like me.

Its worth the wait though because browsing youtube in totem is a pretty nice experience. Best of all fullscreen is smoooooth unlike what i get using the proprietary browser plug-in.

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