After a system update, Mplayer failed to launch. It gave this error:
mplayer: error while loading shared libraries: liblirc_client.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Looking around the web for solution, I found that the fault is in the dependency called lirc-utils.
Solution #1: Reinstall lirc-utils
Solution #2: Recompile Mplayer without dependency on lirc-utils
In PKGBUILD under ./configure –prefix=/usr \ add –disable-lirc
Solution #2 found here https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/18526