Currently using ElementaryOS distro, just got into development on linux and still confused on many things. I'm trying to install FFmpeg for a project I'm working on, when installing the .deb I get this error message https://pastebin.com/eivHN9sy . I somewhat understand what the message is saying, I'm missing several components the LibaV library has, but I'm confused on how to install these components. I guess that sorta summarizes my experience with Linux so far, how on Earth do I install things. Would appreciate it if someone can point me in the right direction for this one as I'm a little lost on how to do simple things.

  • try googling how install libavcodec. ElementaryOS is based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian, and people typically use apt package manager.with debian
    – barlop
    Jun 16, 2020 at 21:33
  • i'm no linux expert but you could try the apt commands mentioned zoomadmin.com/HowToInstall/UbuntuPackage/libavcodec-dev sudo apt-get update -y and sudo apt-get install -y libavcodec-dev Good chance that will work
    – barlop
    Jun 16, 2020 at 21:34
  • and if you think linux is awkward, ffmpeg is a whole new level of awkwardness that has a lot of the awkwardness of linux.
    – barlop
    Jun 16, 2020 at 21:36
  • @barlop I appreciate the help, glad to hear its only downhill from here :). I actually ran into that exact same tutorial you mentioned before posting the question and the issue still occurs. I have tried re-running the commands and rebooting and each time it says the package is already installed. I did this command for all the required dependencies and not a single one has disappeared from the error list.
    – Beeman
    Jun 16, 2020 at 21:53
  • well you should have included that in your question
    – barlop
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:09

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Well, not sure if it was the solution I was hoping for but it seems using snap to install ffmpeg appears to do so successfully without any dependency issues.

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