[Slackbuilds-users] Plex version too old

JCA 1.41421 at gmail.com
Thu May 3 17:19:46 UTC 2018

I recently moved my Plex library from a Slack 14.2 box to a Slack64 14.2
system. It is actually exactly the same hardware, from a different hard
drive. I therefore installed the plexmediaserver package from
slackbuilds.org in my Slack64 14.2. This installs version 1.4.2, while the
most recent version seems to be 1.12.3.

The problem is that version 1.4.2 does not work in my Slack64 14.2 - in a
nutshell, videos cannot be played, because the relevant codecs can't be
downloaded by that version of the Plex server. After removing the 1.4.2
version, I proceeded to download and install the 1.12.3 version, by
modifying the plexmediaserver.Slackbuild file from slackbuilds.org. With
this version, the codecs are automatically downloaded, as they should, and
my videos play without a problem.

I think that this has already been discussed in this forum, but it may be
worth the while bringing it up again: what's the point of keeping a package
that leads to a non-working installed software? I understand that, for the
sake of a stable system, as Slackware is  deservedly reputed to be, having
the latest and greatest is probably not always a good idea - although
sometimes it may be. This aside, the other side of the coin is that
slackbuilds.org packages should result in installed software that works.

Should this not be part of the responsibility of package maintainers? I
acknowledge that this can be a pain in the neck, but it you can't do so for
whatever reason, do not maintain the package.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.slackbuilds.org/pipermail/slackbuilds-users/attachments/20180503/e9ca1ab3/attachment.html>

More information about the SlackBuilds-users mailing list