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The description of the abby package says:

"front-end for cclive and clive abby is a front-end for cclive and clive used to download videos from Youtube and other similar video hosts. Abby is written in C++ and depends on the Qt framework."

Also, the website of the project says:

"abby is a front-end (or a graphical user interface) for cclive and clive that can be used to download videos from Youtube and similar video hosting services. See the above links for a more complete list of supported video websites."

But when trying to add a link of a video in youtube, the program pops up an error message saying:

"www.youtube.com: unsupported website"

What is the matter? If it does not support Youtube, why use a misleading information in the program description?

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closed as off topic by Uri Herrera, Ringtail, Takkat, Amith KK, Anwar Shah Sep 19 '12 at 17:19

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How did you try to add link? –  Anwar Shah Sep 18 '12 at 17:52
    
In all ways. Clicking the "+" button and pasting the url and also clicking and going first to search area, which searches ok, but when you want to add them to the download list, it pops as many error messages as videos you wanted to add to the download list. Why don't you explain how do you manage to download one single video with abby, which is what many people want to know. –  Pili Garcia Sep 18 '12 at 18:52
    
It doesn't work, right? I don't understand why Ubuntu has it and why they allow to display that information? –  Pili Garcia Sep 18 '12 at 19:25
    
This may also be related to the bug you posted earlier: askubuntu.com/questions/190324/what-does-the-program-cclive-do –  Takkat Sep 19 '12 at 10:17

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Abby's support for youtube depends on cclive or clive.

The problem is, Abby is an inactive, discontinued software from 2009, while both cclive and clive are active projects. And their current version is incompatible (or not properly detected) by old Abby.

That said, there are a few approaches to this issue:

  • As suggested by Abby itself, use another software. They mention NomNom, but there may be others. Have you tried searching for "youtube" on Software Center?

  • Use c/clive directly. They are not GUI, but they work beautifully. I didn't even had the library issue you mentioned in the other bug report., it simply worked out-of-the-box. And I strongly suggest cclive over clive

  • Downgrade c/clive to a version compatible with Abby

  • Fix Abby to make it compatible with current c/clive. It may be an easy fix, perhaps just an adjustment in Abby's cclive compatibility routine. If you're not a programmer, open a bug report about it.

  • If you do so, also fill a bug requesting abby to have a launcher/desktop file. It looks like it doesn't, and a GUI software that must be launched via terminal is a flawed one.

Good luck!

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