Can't click butttons inside flash (like play/pause in youtube)

Bug #444757 reported by Tobias Axelsson Heia
This bug report is a duplicate of:  Bug #410407: Buttons don't respond to mouse clicks. Edit Remove
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compiz (Ubuntu)
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Nominated for Dapper by isi06
Nominated for Hardy by isi06
Nominated for Intrepid by Dinesh
Nominated for Jaunty by Dinesh
Nominated for Karmic by Matthias Haerter
Nominated for Lucid by isi06
Nominated for Maverick by Dooitze de Jong

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox-3.5

After updated to Karmic Koala you can't click buttons inside flash. Another example is the menu at http://www.fridays.se

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Oct 6 19:47:08 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/lib/firefox-3.5.3/firefox
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: firefox-3.5 3.5.3+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
ProcEnviron:
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-11.38-generic
SourcePackage: firefox-3.5
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-11-generic x86_64

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Tobias Axelsson Heia (merald) wrote :
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chris.wilcox (dr-chris-wilcox) wrote :

same situation here. Tried reinstalling flash using synaptic but the problem persists.

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Andrew Saturn (saturn) wrote :

I also have this problem. ubuntu 9.10 kernel 2.6.31-11 amd64 using Firefox 20091006041719 Minefield/3.7a1pre

tried reinstalling flash...

flash WORKS but you usually can't click anything. youtube lets me click PLAY but other videos the clicking makes the button flash but it doesn't actually perform anything. even the flash control panel doesn't respond (I have to use the keyboard and tab/space to select the CLOSE button)

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Andrew Saturn (saturn) wrote :

this may work, it worked for me:

download the 64bit plugin from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

remove any existing flash plugins from /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ AND ~/.mozilla/plugins

extract new version via root to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

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Tobias Axelsson Heia (merald) wrote :

Strange, confirm Andrews fix, Flash version in repository 10.0 R32 and from download also version 10.0 R32. Broken binary in repository? Not the same file anyway;

7545c2d7e90c02d1ef34a70b54de5f1d /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so
9903881108ff7cd954a3adf0d00185d3 ~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so

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Andrew Saturn (saturn) wrote :

I just noticed if I disable all plugins/addons, firefox crashes on any sites with flash...

I eliminated plugin issues, and found that it only works if you have flashblock enabled. with flashblock disabled, I crash on hulu, youtube, etc.

so the clicking works now but there is still some sort of issue with the plugin... time will tell I suppose (maybe in r33?) but the problem exists on both firefox and epiphany so I believe it is flash and not ubuntu or firefox.

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Jim Kirkpatrick (jim-kirkpatrick) wrote :

Also here... Disabling the Flash Block Firefox plug makes no difference.

The version of Flash bundled with Karmic beta is broken. I'm going to change the importance to Medium since FF+Flash is such a critical component for most users and their experience of Ubuntu.

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Jim Kirkpatrick (jim-kirkpatrick) wrote :

Ok, so I can't change the importance because I'm just a lowly scum bag, but I've found some more information.

Turning Compiz off solves the problem for me. Turning Compiz back on crashes Compiz in Karmic beta, so I can't test to see if it just needed a nudge.

Anyway, no re-installation of Flash seems to be required, just turn Compiz off...

Looks like bug #141494 or similar regression?

Can anyone confirm disabling Comiz brings back the Flash love?

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Trojaneyez (swebster) wrote :

I can confirm that disabling Compiz does allow one to click on objects with in flash and everything works fine with out Compiz on, when I do turn it back on I'm back to where I started with no interactivity with flash.

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Steve van Bennekom (svanbennekom) wrote :

I can also confirm that turning compiz-fusion off enables clicking flash buttons again. They won't work with it on.
I have 9.10 amd64 bit version.

Changed in firefox-3.5 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Alan LaMielle (alan.lamielle) wrote :

I can confirm that I cannot click flash buttons in Compiz in Karmic amd64. However, switching to Metacity from Compiz does not fix the issue. Could I have a different version of flash than those of you that this switch works for?

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wilcoxjay (wilcoxjay) wrote :

I can also confirm the compiz fix for flash in firefox-3.5 on karmic amd64 beta.

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Jon Neal (reportingsjr) wrote :

Compiz fix confirmed. AMD64, firefox 3.5.3 on karmic beta.

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Tobias Axelsson Heia (merald) wrote :

Good work!

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Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Moving to compiz for triage.

affects: firefox-3.5 (Ubuntu) → compiz (Ubuntu)
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MatthewCAllen (dogsdontknowimnotbacon) wrote :

Uh, flash still doesn't work here. I do not have compiz. Same issues as above though.

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cedric munger (cedric-munger) wrote :

Having exactly the same issue with latest karmic beta,

Used the link provided by andrew (http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html) to get the latest flash player version.
Tried to replace the /usr/lib/flashplayer-install/libflashplayer.so with the new version but did not work, no idea why.
Finally i had to uninstall flashplayer-install and manually copy libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Everything now works fine even with compiz turned on. Will try to reinstall flashplayer-install when karmic will hit the final release stage. Hope it will help.

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niniendowarrior (niniendowarrior) wrote :

I can confirm on the Karmic beta (amd64) that flash player prevents me from clicking. I tried Andrew's fix and it does not work on my machine.

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Fredrik Rolander (genesai) wrote :

I'm having the same problem although in Firefox. A temporary "fix" is right-clicking on the flash video then left-clicking while keping the right button pressed down. As long as you keep holding the right button clicking should work.

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Fredrik Rolander (genesai) wrote :

Sorry meant to say in "Chrome".

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bodwick (bodwick) wrote :

The fix posted by Cedric worked on my machine. Doing just as Andrew wrote didn't work - had to remove the flashplugin-installer.

Firefox 3.5.3 on amd64.

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niniendowarrior (niniendowarrior) wrote :

I can confirm Cedric's fix works. I think the problem is that the flashplugin-installer was using an alternative plugin and that even if you manually copy the libflashplayer.so from Adobe, it wasn't getting picked up.

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bro (matthijsbro) wrote :

I cannot confirm Cedric's fix works. I tried it but still have to middle+left-click to get any action.

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Joseph Daniel (josephdaniel) wrote :

I tried disabling compiz, using the amd64 prerelease but I still couldn't click any flash buttons.

The only workaround so far is keeping another mouse button pressed. Whenever the middle or the right mouse buttons are clicked, the left click works fine as described by bro and Rolander.

Firefox 3.5.3 amd64 karmic beta

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Jeffrey Vandenborne (vandenbornejeffrey) wrote :

Works with no compiz, doesn't work with compiz

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Benjamin Calderon (benj-calderon) wrote :

Ubuntu Karmic 64 bit. I downloaded the 64 bit version of flash, uninstalled manually the flash-installer packages and extracted the plugin I just downloaded from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

now the clicking on flash works with compiz enabled

thanks!

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michaelcole (8-launchpad-michaelcole-com) wrote :

Karmic 64 bit. "Stock" install through the ui. Tried swfdec, but it didn't work well, so uninstalled an installed adobe's nonfree.

Compiz on: Left click's don't register.
Compiz on: Right click-and-hold. Left click's register.

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André Savik (asavik) wrote :

Cedric's fix works on Karmic 64 with
FF 3.54
and
Chromium 4.0.237.0 (Ubuntu build 31904)

This is absolutely high priority for most users and should be propagated until a permanent fix is provided.

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E-Korn (emiliopedrollo) wrote :

Here it's still not working.

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Michael Lustfield (michaellustfield) wrote :

This is a duplicate bug report. You should not post new comments here. Please read all comments on the other bug report before posting anything new. The large list of comments is a good indication what you have said is already there.

You should read the description carefully as well. This is a duplicate of 410407 which is stated on the top of this bug report.

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Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Folks, please stop commenting here, this bug is a duplicate of bug 410407, so if you have anything to contribute do it there AFTER READING THE DESCRIPTION THERE.

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Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Ups, sry Michael, was distracted for a while and forgot to refresh the page before posting my comment...

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Markus Schulz (schulz-alpharesearch) wrote :

https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/flashplugin-nonfree/+bug/410407/comments/153

Edwards fix for Linux noobs (like me...)

1. Starta a Terminal window.
2. Type: cd /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/
3. Type: sudo mv npviewer.bin npviewer.bin.real
4. Type: sudo pico npviewer.bin
5. Add these two lines of text to the file, i.e. Pico:
#!/bin/sh
GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=true /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/npviewer.bin.real $*
6. Press "Ctrl+x" to exit and save.
7. Type: sudo chmod 755 npviewer.bin

Done! Now enjoy the full splendor of flash-clicking!

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Artyom (artyom-szasa) wrote :

This workaround does not work for linux 64 as there is no such directory as /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper
Sorry for being noob, but I don't know how to solve it....

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Michael Lustfield (michaellustfield) wrote : Re: [Bug 444757] Re: Can't click butttons inside flash (like play/pause in youtube)

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Could you try to follow this? http://tinyurl.com/yeadhab
The version numbers have changed but overall I hope it's easy to
follow. There have also been a large number of workarounds in the
comments above that could help you.

On Sat, 27 Feb 2010 03:48:59 -0000
Artyom <email address hidden> wrote:

> *** This bug is a duplicate of bug 410407 ***
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/410407
>
> This workaround does not work for linux 64 as there is no such directory as /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper
> Sorry for being noob, but I don't know how to solve it....
>

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Michael Lustfield
Kalliki Software

Network and Systems Administrator
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Draycen DeCator (ddecator) wrote :

@Artyom
Please see bug 410407 for workarounds that should work for you (namely the third workaround).

All further comments should take place on the 410407 report.

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