Thanks for the information Tyler_K!
Your response motivated me to pursue the totem mystery a little further.
FWIW, I have two Pentium 4 towers here each running identical 12.3-32. The Hp tower (Hp) is the one I broke the totem dependency on. The Dell tower (Dell) still has the virgin 12.3 install. Both have their 12.3 up to date according to yast > Online Update.
My access to the Dell is limited, but I had a chance to attempt to open an mp4 file on it this morning. The Dell totem responds to the mp4 request with a different menu than does the Hp. The Hp totem response includes “-- Totem could not startup” and “make sure the program is correctly installed”.
It is as if the Hp totem is still broken somehow!
lxde refers to totem as “Videos” .The Dell totem response to an mp4 open request unfolds like this:
Videos requires additioinal plugins for this operation.
The following plugins are required:
MPEG-4 ACC decoder
Do you wish to eearch for thes now? Cancel Search
Selecting Search gives this:
Searching for plugins…
Install the following plugins - Do you want to install these plugins now?
There are 9 GStreamer rpms listed! Cancel Install
Refreshing SW list
Failed to install package
Unknown error. Please refer to the detailed report and report in your distribution bug tracker.
cannot install both gstreamer-plugins-good-1.0.5-2.1.5.i586 and gstreamer-plugins-good-1.2.2-2.2.i586
cannot install both gstreamer-plugins-bad-1.0.5-2.1.1.i586 and gstreamer-plugins-bad-1.0.5-2.1.1.i586
The list of rpms totem wants to install is not one that can be picked up with the mouse. I took a pdf snapshot with GIMP. Ill try to attach that to this reply. Guess I won’t!
While I had the Dell this morning, I didn’t think to grep it for it’s GStresamer rpms. Later I’ll diff that list with the Hp list. This is the Hp GStreamer list FWIW:
frank rpm -qa | grep -i gstreamer