[blfs-dev] vlc and d-bus

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 15:43:09 PDT 2012

I just ran into a problem with vlc caused by d-bus.  The latest version 
of d-bus does create /var/lib/dbus, but it does not populate it.  vlc 
filed with:

process 4644: D-Bus library appears to be incorrectly set up; failed to 
read machine uuid: Failed to open "/etc/machine-id": No such file or 

Running dbus-uuidgen --ensure generates /var/lib/dbus/machine-id and 
allows vlc to complete properly.

We probably need to add the generation instruction to the book in the 
d-bus section.


Unrelated to d-bus, vlc complains and aborts if libgcrypt is not 
present.  We need to add to the command explanations:

--disable-libgcrypt: Use this switch if you don't have libgcrypt installed.

   -- Bruce

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