Kind of a weird situation here. I use a software package called OpenCV which installs a dependency called FFMpeg located at the following path.


So, whenever I run the command ffmpeg, it runs the program located at that address.

However, I don't want to use this build of ffmpeg, but rather another build located at the following path.


Not only do I want ffmpeg to point to the right one, I also want Python subprocess calls to point to the right ffmpeg, so just using bash aliases won't work. I know there's ways around Python's subprocess function that make it respect aliases, but the problem is that I'm using a 3rd party module that makes the subprocess call to FFMpeg, hence I need the ffmpeg command to refer to /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg for all intents and purposes.

I tried using a symlink but that didn't do anything.

Thanks for any assistance!

  • I tried using a symlink – How exactly? – Kamil Maciorowski Jul 5 at 10:35
  • The point of anaconda/miniconda is really to make sure to always have a particular version of a dependency in some environment. If you want your local ffmpeg instead of that particular version, I'd install OpenCV not via anaconda/miniconda, but directly. – dirkt Jul 5 at 10:35
  • @KamilMaciorowski ln -s /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg ffmpeg – Carpetfizz Jul 5 at 10:38
  • @dirkt understood but I actually need ffmpeg for another thing unrelated to OpenCV. It just so happens both programs require a different build of ffmpeg. Although /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg contains a superset of features in the one that shipped with OpenCV so I don’t suspect swapping them out will cause a problem. – Carpetfizz Jul 5 at 10:39
  • So what's stopping you from using OpenCV as e.g. provided by your distro, instead of using miniconda? Or does your distro have a miniconda OpenCV? – dirkt Jul 5 at 11:29

Might be dangerous but this seems to do the trick.

ln -sf /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg /root/miniconda3/bin/ffmpeg
  • And it'll work only until the next miniconda install. During which the ffmpeg installed there might overwrite the /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg, depending on how miniconda does the installs. Which would probably cause an interesting bughunt, if it happened. – dirkt Jul 5 at 11:28

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