VLC self-closing

After doing a Testing update today, VLC closes down after a couple seconds. This happens after simply selecting a Video or by opening VLC and using the menu system to select the media to play. Happens on MPEG and MKV files. Reinstalled to no avail.
Will supply additional info if requested.

You mean it crashes. Anyway I just tried an mkv file and same thing happens to me.
VLC 3.0.18-6
Running vlc in the terminal I get this output:

[ydar@homepc ~]$ vlc
VLC media player 3.0.18 Vetinari (revision 3.0.13-8-g41878ff4f2)
[000055c92aa27550] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
[000055c92aac6f70] main playlist: playlist is empty
[00007f0160006610] dvdnav demux error: Couldn't find device name.
[00007f0160006610] dvdnav demux error: DVDOpenFilePath:findDVDFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
[00007f0160006610] dvdnav demux error: vm: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
[00007f0154004150] dvdnav demux error: Couldn't find device name.
[00007f0154004150] dvdnav demux error: DVDOpenFilePath:findDVDFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
[00007f0154004150] dvdnav demux error: vm: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
[00007f0158004cd0] dvdnav demux error: Couldn't find device name.
[00007f0158004cd0] dvdnav demux error: DVDOpenFilePath:findDVDFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
[00007f0158004cd0] dvdnav demux error: vm: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
[00007f01500063f0] dvdnav demux error: Couldn't find device name.
[00007f01500063f0] dvdnav demux error: DVDOpenFilePath:findDVDFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
[00007f01500063f0] dvdnav demux error: vm: vm: failed to read VIDEO_TS.IFO
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
[00007f0148007430] gl gl: Initialized libplacebo v5.229.0 (API v229)
libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)
[00007f0148007430] glconv_vaapi_x11 gl error: vaInitialize: unknown libva error
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

(fortunately for me my preferred video player is QMPlay2, and the same files still work as expected.) Guess we’ll have to wait for a fix.

Exact same.
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VLC media player 3.0.18 Vetinari (revision 3.0.13-8-g41878ff4f2)
[0000558afe6bf550] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use ‘cvlc’ to use vlc without interface.
[0000558afe75e970] main playlist: playlist is empty
kf.kio.core: Invalid URL: QUrl(“/home/merlin”)
kf.jobwidgets: Cannot register a job with KUiServerV2JobTracker without QGuiApplication::desktopFileName
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
[00007f5ca0007a70] gl gl: Initialized libplacebo v4.208.0 (API v208)
libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)
[00007f5ca0007a70] glconv_vaapi_x11 gl error: vaInitialize: unknown libva error
zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped) vlc//

I also noticed this issue, as reported here.

For the sake of curiosity, do you guys happen to be on NVIDIA proprietary driver or on something else? It looks like the problematic part is related to libva, particularly this vaGetDriverNameByIndex() function it is calling. I am on NVIDIA 525.xx.

libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)

In case of Nvidia GPU is best to use the nvidia-vaapi-driver-git for VA-API … In most cases the nvidia-vaapi-driver and / or the libva-nvidia-driver will fail now and then, with no apparent reason.

Yes, on my main PC (testing branch), running Nvidia. GTX1050 (prop.driver). However, on my newly installed Thinkcentre 910q Tiny (Intel 530 Graphics) there is no problem!

I use neither libva-nvidia-driver nor nvidia-vaapi-driver-git actually, these are packages from the AUR. I sticked to what Manjaro KDE provided by default, which is the hardware acceleration provided with nvidia-utils.

From what I noticed, we got an update for libva and other packages, but not for nvidia-utils. I know it is proprietary software, but maybe rebuilding the NVIDIA drivers + nvidia-utils could help to mitigate the issue?

There’s nothing to rebuild as the NVIDIA proprietary driver is a binary release.

FYI, I can run VLC just fine on the unstable branch with NVIDIA drivers.

Still no go despite some updates today. Opens for about 5 seconds then closes. Minor difference, if opened without a file, it now stays open, adding a file to play causes the closure, as does selecting a file with VLC as default.

I am using nvidia 525.78.01, on my first try today, vlc still crashed when trying to play an MKV file, but I managed to fix it.

I went into the settings for video and changed the Output from automatic to VDPAU output. Now MKV files work as intended.

Well, to be more precise, VLC crashes only when trying to play a video file. Just launching VLC fine, and listening to audio files is fine too. It looks like it fails to handle hardware acceleration when trying to open a video.

I had some hope that perhaps, just a few updates from the future might do the trick (seeing an update for VLC looked promising), but it unfortunately failed: I still had the segfault. Here’s the log for the switch from Testing to Unstable as done today.


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[2023-01-06T21:37:15-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]   -> -k /boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64 -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-5.15-x86_64.img
[2023-01-06T21:37:15-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> Starting build: 5.15.86-1-MANJARO
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[2023-01-06T21:37:16-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> WARNING: consolefont: no font found in configuration
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[2023-01-06T21:37:17-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> Generating module dependencies
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[2023-01-06T21:37:18-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]   -> -k /boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64 -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-5.15-x86_64-fallback.img -S autodetect
[2023-01-06T21:37:18-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> Starting build: 5.15.86-1-MANJARO
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[2023-01-06T21:37:19-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: qed
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[2023-01-06T21:37:23-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> WARNING: consolefont: no font found in configuration
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[2023-01-06T21:37:28-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> Generating module dependencies
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I still made some progress though. After temporarily switching to Unstable (I returned from Testing without downgrading the whole system), I downgraded the libva package to the previous version I had in /var/cache/pacman/pkg and it worked. It looks like VLC doesn’t like the new version of libva that we got recently (we went from 2.16.0 to 2.17.0). With the old version of the library, VLC is working properly again.

pacman.log for the downgrade

[2023-01-06T21:53:17-0500] [ALPM] running '00-timeshift-autosnap.hook'...
[2023-01-06T21:53:17-0500] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] ==> skipping timeshift-autosnap due skipRsyncAutosnap in /etc/timeshift-autosnap.conf set to TRUE.
[2023-01-06T21:53:17-0500] [ALPM] transaction started
[2023-01-06T21:53:17-0500] [ALPM] downgraded libva (2.17.0-1 -> 2.16.0-1)
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It is not a long-term fix to the issue of course, but it gives a good hint of what’s going on I guess.

Indeed, VLC works properly with Output at VDPAU output (in Preferences > Video), even with libva at version 2.17.0 instead of 2.16.0. I can read video files just fine. I get the following output. I would say it is a better solution than downgrading the libva package.

    ~  vlc                                                                                                                                                 ✔  24s  
VLC media player 3.0.18 Vetinari (revision 3.0.13-8-g41878ff4f2)
[0000558bfaa1d550] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
[0000558bfaab9b60] main playlist: playlist is empty
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu
[00007fb1280b5510] main video output error: video output creation failed
[00007fb130c18f30] main decoder error: failed to create video output
[00007fb130c18f30] avcodec decoder: Using NVIDIA VDPAU Driver Shared Library  525.78.01  Mon Dec 26 05:38:00 UTC 2022 for hardware decoding
uint DBusMenuExporterDBus::GetLayout(int, int, const QStringList&, DBusMenuLayoutItem&): Condition failed: menu 

EDIT: Finally, it really looks like it is a regression from libva 2.17.0. When I run vainfo in command-line interface (provided by the libva-utils package, which I installed), I get the exact same error.

    ~  vainfo                                                                                                                                                      ✔ 
Trying display: wayland
Trying display: x11
libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)
vaInitialize failed with error code -1 (unknown libva error),exit

There is also an issue opened on their GitHub regarding this error.

Here my personal reflection maybe OT, if you like.
I’ve been using Linux since 2003 and Linux only since 2007. Suse, Debian, Ubuntu and now Manjaro.
And every now and then some nasty, annoying, stupid issue pops out, and stays there for weeks, if we’re lucky. This is no good.
A quick fix should be provided in the news. What good are they otherwise?
Why do I have to hunt here and there for such valuable information?
Yet another time Linux and Manjaro are far from being user-friendly.

It’s the choice you have and did make.

Have you had this (or any) issue?

And what does that have to do with “user friendly”?

Manjaro is a bit of a special “animal” - Arch is it’s origin - but in removing itself from it in the effort to make it even safer it introduces other problems due to that approach.

Nothing is perfect - and your conclusion is … what you appear to want it to be.

… don’t like it - as you can likely sense
but this was not “maybe” OT …
a month after the last comment - you found a place where your rant would kinda fit in …

ps:

ahh - I just noticed that you just joined the forum as a new member - to make this comment
… ever had a problem yourself?
you certainly where able to solve it - you certainly didn’t ask for help to do it

User-friendly does not mean it is perfect but capable of helping a simple user solve an ordinary problem. Not everyone is a developer. My opinion: Manjaro News should carry this kind of information as well. Bugs and workarounds, easy to find as they are made available by developers or expert users.
And yes I just joined the forum to post my rant, because I recommended Manjaro to a lot of people who wanted to leave proprietary OS’s.
In FOSS I thought the days of pledges and snobs were over, but I was wrong.
Have a nice day.