Ubuntu – VLC shows very big icons and is unusable


After the update to Ubuntu 18.04, the vlc player can't be used anymore on my second screen(Main screen is 1366×768 and second screen is 1920×1080). When it is dragged from the main screen (where it looks normal) to the second screen, the interface is replaced by a huge ">>" button(see screenshot). I've already deleted and reinstalled vlc. Any help would be appreciated.

attached screenshot

LE: vlc was installed with

sudo apt install vlc

the output of apt-cache policy vlc is:

  Installed: 4.0.0~rc1~~git20180727+r77135+157~ubuntu18.04.1
  Candidate: 4.0.0~rc1~~git20180727+r77135+157~ubuntu18.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 4.0.0~rc1~~git20180727+r77135+157~ubuntu18.04.1 500
        500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/videolan/master-daily/ubuntu bionic/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.0.2-0ubuntu0.1 500
        500 http://ro.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/universe amd64 Packages
     3.0.1-3build1 500
        500 http://ro.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages

Best Answer

  • Your VLC installation is from a PPA that provide unstable daily builds. Please either

    • remove the PPA and revert to the VLC packages provided by Canonical:

      sudo apt install ppa-purge
      sudo ppa-purge ppa:videolan/master-daily


    • report the bug to the VideoLAN project and wait until it is fixed.

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