Trying to watch a VOB file. Installed MPlayer but it isn't opening. I am getting an error message saying 'Fatal Error':

Error in skin config file at line 6: PNG read error in usr/share/mplayer/skins/default/main

What does this mean


The problem is in the skins. Go to Beyond Linux' page about mplayer. Scroll down to "Skins" and download Clearlooks-1.9.tar.bz2. This was the latest version when I checked, on 2017-11-27.

Then, scroll down to "Skin Installation" and follow the instructions, but first delete /usr/share/mplayer/skins/default (which was a link to clearplayer). The instructions create a link to Clearlooks, the new skin directory.


http://muhdzamri.blogspot.com/2016/01/mplayer-gui-error-error-in-skin-config.html this helped me:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mplay-skins
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade
#sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:mc3man/mplay-skins # You can remove the repository this way again. 

The error with skin disappered but a new error appeared: Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_i965.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

It seems that this second bug is not related to the skin's bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libvdpau/+bug/1300215

So as I see it, I have to return to GNOME-mplayer :-((

Well, I do not know whether this has helped you...


tl;dr still broken

I am also seeing

$ gmplayer
MPlayer 1.3.0 (Debian), built with gcc-7 (C) 2000-2016 MPlayer Team
Error in skin config file at line 6: PNG read error in /usr/share/mplayer/skins/default/main
Config file processing error with skin 'default'

Exiting... (Fatal error)


$ dpkg -s mplayer-gui | grep '^Version:'
Version: 2:1.3.0-7build2

$ dpkg -s mplayer-skins | grep '^Version:'
Version: 3.2

Relates to Launchpad bugs

  • 1218510 Fails to open due to: PNG read error in /usr/share/mplayer/skins/default/main
  • 1340454 Error in skin config file
  • 1575818 mplayer crashes on start
  • 1693410 gmplayer is broken

According to bug 1218510 comment #32,

This bug was fixed in the package mplayer-skins - 3.2build1

mplayer-skins (3.2build1) cosmic; urgency=medium

Then in comment #33

The new package http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/multiverse/m/mplayer-skins/mplayer-skins_3.2build1_all.deb still doesn't work

Check your version of mplayer-skins package with command
dpkg -s mplayer-skins.

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