Can't log in to flickr account that's linked to a Google login

Bug #1041744 reported by Martijn vdS on 2012-08-26
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Online Accounts: Account plugins
Alberto Mardegan
account-plugins (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When I try to add my Flickr account in the "Online accounts" preferences screen, the link to log in using Google/Facebook are "dead". Clicking them does nothing.

This means I can't add my account.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: account-plugin-flickr 0.5-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-10.10-generic 3.5.1
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-10-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.5.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Aug 26 07:55:00 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Alpha amd64 (20110803)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: account-plugins
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2011-12-03 (266 days ago)

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Martijn vdS (martijn) wrote :
Alberto Mardegan (mardy) wrote :

Hi Martijn, thanks for you bug report. I've tried to make this work, but I'm afraid it's not possible given our constraints: those buttons want to open new browser windows, but:

- if we open them in the default browser, then Yahoo signals an error (most likely because some needed cookies are missing);
- if we open them substituting the current window, things stop working right after the authentication with Facebook or Google: yahoo asks for a creation of a new account anyway ("In order to join Flickr, you need to sign in with your Yahoo! ID. If you have a Yahoo! email address, you already have a Yahoo! ID."); again, this is probably due to the change in the navigation flow.

I'm afraid that, unless we manage to find some other solution, we'll have to use the mobile version of the Flickr authentication, which doesn't show these buttons at all. :-(

affects: account-plugins (Ubuntu) → online-accounts-account-plugins
Alberto Mardegan (mardy) wrote :

I committed a "fix", which is the workaround described in the previous comment: we'll use the mobile version of the site, so the options to login with Facebook and Google will not be visible.

Changed in online-accounts-account-plugins:
assignee: nobody → Alberto Mardegan (mardy)
status: New → Fix Committed
José Carlos Casimiro (jcrc) wrote :

I sign in to my flickr account with facebook also.
When I tried to add flickr account I had the same problem:
Clicking "facebook button" does nothing.
then I right click it and choosed "open link" and after that the "login in facebook" appeared, I wrote everything right and voilá

Martijn vdS (martijn) wrote :

Nice workaround :) Works for Google as well.

David King (amigadave) on 2012-09-24
Changed in online-accounts-account-plugins:
milestone: none → 0.7
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
importance: Undecided → Medium
Katie Taylor (katie-t) wrote :

I have this problem too. I can't add my Flickr account as I can't login via Google or Facebook.
See attached screenshot.

Alberto Mardegan (mardy) wrote :

Reopening: the previous fix was not being installed into the package, so in practice it was not working.

Changed in account-plugins:
milestone: 0.7 → none
status: Fix Released → In Progress
Alberto Mardegan (mardy) wrote :

I linked to the "create-window" branch which I used to implement the opening of a new subwindow. Unfortunately, after clicking on the "Facebook" button, a page with the following error message appears:

  Sorry, there was an error. Please sign in again with the same account or a different one.

So, it appears that logging in via OpenId (Facebook or Google) doesn't work when using OAuth.

We'll have to "fix" this bug but simply using the mobile version, which doesn't allow logging in via Facebook or Google. :-(

Alberto Mardegan (mardy) on 2012-11-26
Changed in account-plugins:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Jacob Buys (wjbuys) wrote :

Since the login stream started using the mobile version of flickr, I can't even use the right-click workaround to login to flickr with my google account. This means I can't use flickr integration at all (I don't want a Yahoo ID). Any plans to fix this?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package account-plugins - 0.11+14.04.20140409.1-0ubuntu1

account-plugins (0.11+14.04.20140409.1-0ubuntu1) trusty; urgency=low

  [ Ubuntu daily release ]
  * New rebuild forced

  [ Alberto Mardegan ]
  * Use new Canonical-owned facebook application key (LP: #1304798)

  [ David Barth ]
  * This change is to fix the maintainer scripts for the flickr
    settings. It mostly undoes the changes of
    plugins/lp1299659/+merge/213415 which are considered dangerous. (LP:

account-plugins (0.11+14.04.20140401-0ubuntu1) trusty; urgency=low

  [ Ubuntu daily release ]
  * New rebuild forced

  [ Alberto Mardegan ]
  * Restore the ability to create flickr accounts. This has the
    unfortunate side-effect of re-opening bug 1041744, by making the
    unsupported "login with Facebook" and "login with Google" buttons
    visible again, but that's a necessary evil. (LP: #1041744, #1299659)
 -- Ubuntu daily release <email address hidden> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:58:25 +0000

Changed in account-plugins (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Alberto Mardegan (mardy) on 2015-09-04
Changed in account-plugins:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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