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SGI movie Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Section - -15- I am using Mosaic. When I try to view a movie, movieplayer starts, but then shows a message: no movie.

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                How can I make it work?
Date: 20 May 1994 00:00:01 EST

  Check the following:

  - Is your system running IRIX 4.0.5?  The movieplayer in IRIX 4.0.5
    does not support QuickTime movies.  You will need to upgrade to
    IRIX 5.2 in order to receive QuickTime support in movieplayer.

  - Check to see that the movie file was copied over completely by
    Mosaic.  Sometimes Mosaic will fail to transfer the file completely
    if the network load is very high.
  - Finally, the following information submitted by Dave Babcock
    ( may prove helpful:

  xmosaic includes the capability to automatically play SGI movie files
  referenced by a html document.  Unfortunately, there is a "bug" which
  keeps it from actually working.

  Fortunately, there is an easy fix.  Just edit the
  /usr/local/lib/mosaic/mailcap file and change the following line:

    video/x-sgi-movie; movieplayer -l 1 %s; compose=moviemaker %s; \

  to be:

    video/x-sgi-movie; movieplayer -f -l 1 %s; compose=moviemaker %s; \

  that is just add the -f.

  For those who care, the problem is: mosaic copies the movie file to a
  local temp file; spawns movieplayer passing it the name of the temp
  file; when it sees movieplayer "terminate" mosaic nicely deletes the
  temp file.  But by default movieplayer runs in background mode which
  mosaic interprets as it being done and deletes the temp file just
  before the background task trys to open the temp file.  The symptom
  is that you get the error message:

    Could not open: /usr/tmp/ No such file or directory
    could not open movie file

  and nothing happens.

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