Ubuntu: Did I just install a bad version of VLC



Question:

I'm new to Ubuntu and went to the app store to install VLC. I installed the first result I saw before I realized that they were actually quite different, with the one I installed seeming very off.

This is the one lower down that I should have installed:

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This is the weird one that I uninstalled but is worrying me, with a conspicuously larger file size and no reviews:

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I'm wondering if I should worry/reinstall my system/etc.

EDIT: Here's the output of apt search vlc | grep inst:

libbluray1/xenial,now 1:0.9.2-2 amd64 [installed,automatic]    DVD-Video playing library - installer  libvcdinfo0/xenial,now 0.7.24+dfsg-0.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  libvlc5/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  libvlccore8/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  vlc/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed]  vlc-data/xenial-updates,xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 all [installed,automatic]  vlc-nox/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  vlc-plugin-notify/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  vlc-plugin-samba/xenial-updates,now 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]  

And this is the output of dpkg-query -Wf '${Status;1} ${Package}\n' vlc\* | sed -ne 's/^i //p' | xargs apt-cache policy as suggested by David in the comments:

vlc:    Installed: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Candidate: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Version table:   *** 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status       2.2.2-5 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 Packages  vlc-data:    Installed: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Candidate: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Version table:   *** 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe i386 Packages          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status       2.2.2-5 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 Packages          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe i386 Packages  vlc-nox:    Installed: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Candidate: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Version table:   *** 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status       2.2.2-5 500          500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 Packages  vlc-plugin-notify:    Installed: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Candidate: 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2    Version table:   *** 2.2.2-5ubuntu0.16.04.2 500  


Solution:1

VLC is available in two package formats: both as a Debian package and as a snap. The "weird" one is probably the snap variant.

It's not a problem. The two package variants may co-exist. Or you may want to uninstall one of them.


Solution:2

Nothing is wrong with your system. You just installed and uninstalled a package, a tale as old as time. If you're worried about installing the "right" version of VLC, then in this case you could just

sudo apt install vlc  

from a terminal in the future.


Solution:3

No! Do not reinstall your system. If the one you got works than use it. If the other one worries you, and you removed it, there is nothing to worry about. This is not windows. Do not reinstall your whole system.

It may be a "bad" version, but if you uninstalled it, then do not worry.


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