Bug 2331 - xbmc can't open files with spaces in their name (eg. xbmc -fs "file with spaces.mp4")
Summary: xbmc can't open files with spaces in their name (eg. xbmc -fs "file with spac...
Alias: None
Product: Mageia
Classification: Unclassified
Component: RPM Packages (show other bugs)
Version: Cauldron
Hardware: All Linux
Priority: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anssi Hannula
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-07-29 20:49 CEST by Florian Hubold
Modified: 2013-09-11 22:45 CEST (History)
4 users (show)

See Also:
Source RPM: xbmc-10.1-1.pvr.2.mga1.src.rpm
Status comment:


Description Florian Hubold 2011-07-29 20:49:03 CEST
Description of problem:

Currently, the Exec line for xmbc.desktop looks like that:


It should be changed to 


to be able to open files with XBMC.
So from a file manager, you can Open With -> choose XBMC and the file is played. Does not work currently with the original /usr/bin/xbmc wrapper script.
Manuel Hiebel 2011-07-29 21:32:48 CEST

CC: (none) => anssi.hannula

Anssi Hannula 2011-09-01 14:46:13 CEST

Assignee: bugsquad => anssi.hannula

Samuel Verschelde 2011-10-01 17:01:26 CEST

Keywords: (none) => Junior_job, PATCH
CC: (none) => stormi

Comment 1 Anssi Hannula 2011-12-16 05:25:28 CET
Hm, strange, this works fine for me in Cauldron, and there has been no changes regarding this in xbmc.spec from what I can see.

Could be something else has changed, can you reproduce this on mga1 and/or cauldron?
Comment 2 Florian Hubold 2011-12-16 13:52:48 CET
Strange, xbmc.desktop still contains "Exec=xbmc" after reinstallation, but when adding xbmc via Open with -> and select XBMC (in KDE, dolphin) the command shows "/usr/lib64/xbmc/xbmc.bin".

Will try again with xguest for mga1 and on a untouched cauldron installation.
Comment 3 Florian Hubold 2011-12-21 22:06:29 CET
Checked again with up-to-date cauldron and KDE4, when adding xbmc via Open with -> and select XBMC (in KDE, dolphin) the command
shows just "xbmc" int contrary to above.

So it's as described, you can use it to open xbmc that way, it's just that xbmc doesn't open the video.
Comment 4 Anssi Hannula 2011-12-21 22:20:23 CET
What do you mean by "the command shows just xbmc"?

Exec is supposed to be "xbmc", and it works fine for me.

What do you see in "ps faux" after trying to start the video?
Comment 5 Florian Hubold 2011-12-22 15:41:27 CET
(In reply to comment #4)
> What do you mean by "the command shows just xbmc"?

Arrhg, sorry, was unclear. The KDE applet started by Open with -> shows the Exec key value from the .desktop file. ps faux shows /usr/lib64/xbmc/xbmc.bin /path/to/video.

After trying to reproduce, maybe i've hit that problem because XBMC wasn't able to play that particular file, short test played a .divx file properly, but silently stalled on an .mpeg video, meaning xbmc opens and you get no error message like "file couldn't be played/is not supported" it only drops you into the main menu.

Opening that .mpeg file from inside xbmc also plays it just fine. Maybe it's due to spaces in the filename (which the .divx video doesn't have)?
Comment 6 Anssi Hannula 2011-12-22 17:05:18 CET
Yeah, spaces are an issue.

This particular issue is fixed by adding "" around $SAVED_ARGS in /usr/bin/xbmc line 133.

However, specifying e.g.
  xbmc -fs "file with spaces.mp4"
still fails, I'll have to look more closely into this (probably won't be until next week).
Comment 7 Marja Van Waes 2012-04-23 16:48:25 CEST
3-monthly ping

CC: (none) => marja11

Comment 8 Marja Van Waes 2012-07-06 15:04:48 CEST
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Comment 9 Manuel Hiebel 2012-11-05 16:52:40 CET
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Resolution: (none) => WONTFIX

Comment 11 Anssi Hannula 2012-12-02 15:06:43 CET
AFAIK this issue is still present in cauldron, reopening until confirmed otherwise.

Version: 1 => Cauldron
Resolution: WONTFIX => (none)

Comment 12 Rémi Verschelde 2013-07-02 16:04:16 CEST
Hi Anssi, what's the status on this bug?

According to the comments, it seems the fix described in the summary is not wanted. Could you change the summary to describe which bug you are willing to work on, or close this one?


CC: (none) => remi

Comment 13 Samuel Verschelde 2013-08-26 18:11:40 CEST
Relevant comment seems to be comment #6 from Anssi Hannula : xbmc has trouble opening files with spaces in their name.

I'm updating the summary.

Keywords: Junior_job, PATCH => (none)
Summary: change Exec entry in xbmc.desktop file to be able to open files with xbmc => xbmc can't open files with spaces in their name (eg. xbmc -fs "file with spaces.mp4")

Comment 14 Anssi Hannula 2013-09-11 22:45:29 CEST
Fixed in xbmc-12.2-3.mga4, and will be pushed to Mageia 3 as an update.

Thanks for the report and sorry for the delay.

Resolution: (none) => FIXED

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