I'm looking for a simple install guide for
mencoder on a linux server via SSH.
Every guide I've come to so far links me to out of date versions.
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If your distribution has a package manager (most do nowadays), simply use that. It can be part of the 'mplayer' package, or it has its own package
On Debian this would be (see comments):
If you are not root or don't have a package manager, download the source from http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html and install it like a regular program, probably something like: