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FS#49496 - [vlc] 2.2.3-3 has no support for MIDI playback needs --enable-fluidsynth at compile time

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Luke (Gaming4JC) - Saturday, 28 May 2016, 13:12 GMT
Last edited by Jelle van der Waa (jelly) - Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 09:01 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Extra
Status Assigned
Assigned To Levente Polyak (anthraxx)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 2
Private No


Description: It is impossible to play MIDI in our packaged VLC player, as --enable-fluidsynth is not compiled and fluidsynth is no longer an optional dependency. (Per this should work, but no longer does)

Also Note: Per IRC I found an old bug from 2013 ( FS#34453 ) and requested to re-open it since the symptoms are the same, however I was told to just open a new bug report by the project manager.

Additional info:
* package version(s): 2.2.3-3
* config and/or log files etc.:

Steps to reproduce:
1) Install FluidSynth
2) Install VLC
3) No fluidsynth plugin in VLC media player, even though fluidsynth works fine from command line.
This task depends upon

Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Saturday, 28 May 2016, 13:43 GMT
This changed here:

Unfortunately, there's non explanation of why in the git logs.
Comment by Allen (ase1590) - Friday, 09 February 2018, 14:12 GMT
In a bug report, it was removed due to security concerns.

VLC 3.0, which is due to be released either today or this week, re-incorporates the MIDI playback feature.

Comment by Marius (Martchus) - Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 20:24 GMT
VLC 3 has been packaged for a while now but the FluidSynth plugin is still missing.

I suppose that's the bug report Allen refers to:
According to the comment at the bottom "It's back in 3.0". So we should bring it back to the Arch Linux package, too.

If there are still security concerns, moving the plugin to a split package would be an option (so at least nobody gets it by default).

BTW: I've recently updated my nightly build to include the plugin ( So I can confirm that at least in the nightly version it works fine and there's nothing more todo than adding the make/optional dependencies.
Comment by Kunda (Kunda) - Friday, 11 January 2019, 11:40 GMT
This issue should be solved in VLC 3.x