Media player processes that can't be killed.

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Media player processes that can't be killed.

Postby cdysthe on Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi,

I have a little home network with a few Linux Mint 14 laptops and a Windows 7 desktop all tied together using Samba. The network works fine except for one issue: I have a shared folder with video files on one computer which are being played back on others in the network. We're using either Totem or VLC which works well when playing back local media, but when playing back from the shared video folder the players sometimes freezes up. That would not be a serious problem if you could simply close them down and start again, but what happens is that a non responsive totem or VLC process prevents playback unless they are killed. The problem gets really annoying when it turns out that the processes can't be killed. I have tried all kinds of brutal kills, also as root, to no avail. The only solution is to reboot the machine. Does anyone know why this happens and if there's anything I can do with either the players or with my network to prevent it from happening? I do not expect to have perfect playback at all times since the wireless connection between computers may be flaky, but it would be good not having to reboot every time there's a video playback problem.
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Re: Media player processes that can't be killed.

Postby GregE on Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:02 pm

It is a bug in gvfs and Samba that is plaguing all network media streaming on Ubuntu and derivatives. There is no solution at the moment other than to roll back to an older system.
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Re: Media player processes that can't be killed.

Postby cdysthe on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:06 pm

That's just not good! I guess I'll go back to using ssh for my network. It's not as fast, but it works. NFS is too complicated. Thank you for letting me know.
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