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#1 2021-11-05 17:04:55

enzymatic
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Registered: 2021-11-05
Posts: 2

VLC not opening m3u files "VLC is unable to open the MRL"

I'm using Arch Linux, i3-gaps as my Window manager and the most recent version of VLC. Whenever I try to open m3u files I get an error message saying "VLC is unable to open the MRL". I tried to play it as an url aswell as downloading it as an m3u file and neither works- The problem doesn't lie in the m3u playlist since it works well on other devices aswell as other applications on this machine. It tells me to look at the log for more details and this is what the log outputs:

-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
http error: cannot resolve zzportals.com: System error
access error: HTTP connection failure
http error: cannot connect to zzportals.com:2095
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
-- logger module stopped --
-- logger module started --
main: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
main: playlist is empty
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown
adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown

As you can see,

--logger module started--

separates the different restart attempts and sometimes I get different error messages but the most common one seems to be

adaptive error: Failed to create demuxer (nil) Unknown

Does anyone have an idea on what I can do to continue troubleshooting this and to fix it?

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#2 2021-11-05 20:58:03

seth
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Registered: 2012-09-03
Posts: 26,378

Re: VLC not opening m3u files "VLC is unable to open the MRL"

access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
…
http error: cannot connect to zzportals.com:2095
…
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

I'm pretty sure that it's the playlist - you're probably trying to play from some streaming service and fail to login?
=> Playlist, service and what "other applications on this machine" work (browser…)?

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#3 2021-11-06 07:22:38

enzymatic
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Registered: 2021-11-05
Posts: 2

Re: VLC not opening m3u files "VLC is unable to open the MRL"

seth wrote:
access error: HTTP 401 error
http error: authentication failed without realm
…
http error: cannot connect to zzportals.com:2095
…
access error: HTTP 403 error
http error: error: HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

I'm pretty sure that it's the playlist - you're probably trying to play from some streaming service and fail to login?
=> Playlist, service and what "other applications on this machine" work (browser…)?

I use another IPTV player called Hypnotix and the same playlist works on that application but it doesn't work in vlc hmm

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#4 2021-11-06 07:27:16

seth
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Registered: 2012-09-03
Posts: 26,378

Re: VLC not opening m3u files "VLC is unable to open the MRL"

Well… do you have to issue credentials for the IPTV service? And which one is it?
Cause it clearly tells VLC to gtfo…

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