After gentle poking by Matthias, I cooked up a patch that allows the sound preview to work again for Fedora 8. It will hit rawhide shortly.
Make sure Enable software mixing is enabled in the Sound preferences, and that sound previews are enabled in the file manager prefs. Obviously, you'd want pulseaudio running rather than esd, if you
don't want to tear your hair out when playing video.
I would not distribute this patch, until http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=333112 is fixed. It will break.
It won't break. We savagely kill the player when it's not playing anymore. Never mind the deadlocks or crashers, it doesn't affect nautilus (which is one of the reasons why Alex wanted the playback in another process).
That's what I call workaround :). Thanks!
Now we just have to find a way to fix these GStreamer bugs... .
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