Oct 07 2008

You can now install and update get_iplayer using DEB and RPM packages for Linux. I’ve tried to keep them as generic as possible so the RPMs will most likely work just fine on all Redhat/Fedora derived Linux distributions. Same goes for the DEB packages on all Debian derived distros such as Ubuntu.
Please let me know if there are any problems with these.
Note that the –upgrade option of get_iplayer is probably not the best idea if you choose to use RPM and DEB versions.


  • On January 19th, 2010, Michael said:

    Hi, I am using Vine Linux (a fork of Red Hat Linux 7.2 ). It is a Japanese distro with little to no English language support, awkward on my part I know, but it is so fast and the only stable gnome distro iv found yet for my old ibook G4. I have been trying to install get_iplayer for days and am at my wits end (very new to linux).

    I try to install the rpm package in the terminal but am told:
    id3v2 is needed by get_iplayer-2.63-1.noarch
    perl(MP3::Info) is needed by get_iplayer-2.63-1.noarch
    rpmlib(FileDigests) ] 251,696 294K/s in 0.8s

    2010-01-19 17:01:10 (294 KB/s) – `get_iplayer-current.noarch.rpm.4′ saved [251696/251696]

    Seems good i thought. But i ran “yum –nogpgcheck localinstall get_iplayer-current.noarch.rpm” as root, but the command yum was not recognized. Though I have installed yum and have a yum-3.2.25 folder in my home directory.

    When I run the manual install commands, for “wget //linuxcentre.net/get_iplayer/get_iplayer” i get:

    –2010-01-19 17:04:36– //linuxcentre.net/get_iplayer/get_iplayer
    Resolving linuxcentre.net…
    Connecting to linuxcentre.net||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 321674 (314K) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `get_iplayer.2′

    100%[======================================>] 321,674 375K/s in 0.8s

    2010-01-19 17:04:37 (375 KB/s) – `get_iplayer.2′ saved [321674/321674]

    and when i run the “chmod 755 get_iplayer” command it says nothing but gives me a new “[root@localhost michael]#”

    When i run any of the get_iplayer commands they are not recognized and when i type rpm -e or -V it tells me “package get_iplayer-2.63-1.noarch.rpm is not installed”

    Ps- i have tryed different versions of the rpm package but get similar messages.

    Massive mail I know but after experimenting with linux this past month i have come to realize that the devil is in the detail.

    Any help would be massively appreciated, i got so used to using get_iplayer in Ubuntu and as Flash player in linux ppc is not supported it was the only way i could watch those great documentaries. Unfortunetaly Ubuntu is slow and unstable on my old laptop.


    • On January 19th, 2010, linuxcentre said:

      Firstly, please use the help forums which now exist (as of a few hours ago!).

      RH7.2 is really so old so it’s never been tested as far as I know. RH72 didn’t use yum.

      You are making a basoc mistake with wget. Make sure you delete the file before you try to download it otherise wget just downloads another copy and appends .[number].

      The chmod command shouldn’t return any text so that is correct.

      I suspect you’ll not get ffmpeg working without problems and you’ll need to compile your own flvstreamer.

      • On January 19th, 2010, Michael said:

        Compile my own flvstreamer, crikey!

        Thanks for the pointers though and the fast reply.

        Sorry to take up your time.

    • On January 19th, 2010, Michael said:

      EDIT: Sorry, seemingly copying and pasting into an online spell check and back again chopped the text up.

      The fourth line of the second paragraph should read:
      “rpmlib(FileDigests) ] 251,696 294K/s in 0.8s

      2010-01-19 17:01:10 (294 KB/s) – `get_iplayer-current.noarch.rpm.4′ saved [251696/251696]”

      Only then it should say “seems good i thought, but i ran yum…”

      So, sorry for all my text on this page, as im possibly only one of a few outside of Japan seriously using Vine Linux, any answers probably wont help many people.

      But, this distro is so fast and so stable, i really reccomend installing it to breath new life into an old computer.


      • On January 24th, 2010, ben said:

        Hello Michael
        can I just ask, does your ibook G4 use power pc ppc architecture

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