additional link to

Shawn sks at
Sat Feb 3 18:25:39 PST 2007

On February 3, 2007, Leo Peschier wrote:
> Hello all,
> Just a little note.
> I installed MPlayer-1.0pre7try2 following svn-20070202. Mplayer
> didn't start because it could not find
> Both and the link were installed.
> The install.log doesn't mention anything about, so
> it appears an additional link is required for mplayer to start:
>     ln -sf /usr/lib/
> which solved my problem.
> Leo.


It must have been a while since you ran ldconfig.

Just to review... is a generic libname (some call it a link name) and usually 
points to the real name.  is the soname. The soname is the version of the lib and 
points to the real name. is the real name. The real name contains the soname + 
release and modification. This is the actual lib.

All these different names are used to make linking easier. I might not 
remember the real name of a lib, but i can remember the link name.

If the library is built properly ( -Wl,soname,, ldconfig 
will create the soname for you.

run ldconfig it might fix other problems for you.


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