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10.6: Prevent a VLC crash when watching videos with subtitles
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 14, '09 08:25:44AM

What am I missing here? As far as I know, you don't need X11 to run VLC, there's a native OS X build. On both my Intel Mac boxes, I don't even have X11 installed and I play MKV files with subtitles on a regular basis.

Now if you compiled VLC from source against X11, that's another story. I doubt the majority of OS X users do that.



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10.6: Prevent a VLC crash when watching videos with subtitles
Authored by: CaptnEvilStomper on Dec 17, '09 02:42:53PM

I know VLC doesn't require X11 - I'm using the native build and still had this problem after upgrading to Snow Leopard. I'm guessing it caches fonts in that folder regardless of whether X11 is installed or not and it just creates the folder if it doesn't exist. From what I understand the problem is that when Snow Leopard installs X11 it sets the permissions differently than VLC expects, so VLC freezes because it's trying to cache the fonts for the subtitles but it doesn't have write access to the folder. This trick fixes that so VLC can cache the fonts and get on with playing the video. If you don't install Apple's version of X11 that ships with Snow Leopard then you shouldn't have this problem.



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10.6: Prevent a VLC crash when watching videos with subtitles
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 17, '09 03:05:37PM

Sadly, things aren't going to get better for the moment.

http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=59905#p200203



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