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Installing VLC Media Player under FreeBSD

Make sure you have upto date Ports collection or Just CVSup your Ports:

cd /usr/ports
make update

Once you have your ports collection up to date, proceed with the install:

cd /usr/ports/multimedia/vlc
make install clean

If you would prefer to simply install the already-compiled binary package, with a common set of default compile-time settings, use the following command:

pkg_add -r vlc

Spanish language support

VLC compiles and installs correctly from ports, but it has been reported that the Spanish interface doesn't work properly. There is a Spanish language file here from a previous installation that works correctly with the "20051102 Janus Snapshot".

To use the file provided from the link above, you need to download it and then (as root), move it to the following location:

"/usr/X11R6/share/locale/{Your Language abbreviation here}/LC_MESSAGES/"

So in the case of the spanish locale file, you would use the following command

mv /downloads/ /usr/X11R6/share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES/

to overwrite the erroneous file.