Firefox "intall missing pluging" leads to "Can not find 'flashplugin-nonfree'"

Bug #208722 reported by Jeremy on 2008-03-29
32
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apturl (Ubuntu)
High
Michael Vogt
firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox-3.0

Going for example on youTube web site, firefox propose to install missing plugins used for the current page. But the automatic install of Adobe Flashplayer fails with the error window displaying: Can not find 'flashplugin-nonfree' and I think this message is a bit dry.

Indeed the automatic installation works well it you have previously selected the "All application available" repository. But a new user trying the live CD can be not aware of that and just conclude that the Flashplayer just does not work with ubuntu. I think that an error message saying that the good repository is not selected and give a link to the "Software Source" program will already help some users.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sat Mar 29 10:47:27 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
Package: firefox 3.0~b4+nobinonly-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
 LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: firefox-3.0
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-12-generic i686

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Jeremy (jeremy-ubuntu) wrote :
Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

not a firefox bug, moving adding apturl as a potential target.

Changed in firefox-3.0:
status: New → Invalid
Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

we should be sure that this works for the release. milestoning.

Changed in apturl:
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → ubuntu-8.04
status: New → Confirmed
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2008-04-06
Changed in apturl:
assignee: nobody → mvo
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

The problem here is most likely that there was no initial "apt-get update" run yet when the system got installed. The livecd does not have universe and multiverse enabled, so there is a window where the apt cron job has not updated yet.

The fix is either to have multiverse/universe available when the files are copied to the /target hd or to add code in apturl that tries to detect when a component is in the sources.list but it was not updated yet.

Vincent (vinnl) wrote :

It seems to me that we cannot require the user to have universe/multiverse enabled. Either the Adobe Flash Player should only be listed when universe/multiverse is enabled (undesirable if you ask me) or it should be able to enable it for the user (which I think would be best).
Perhaps this could be an option of software-properties-gtk?

Btw, I suppose this does not just affect the LiveCD, but also new installations or installations in general where universe/multiverse is not enabled.

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubufox/+bug/147744

Vincent a écrit :
> It seems to me that we cannot require the user to have universe/multiverse enabled. Either the Adobe Flash Player should only be listed when universe/multiverse is enabled (undesirable if you ask me) or it should be able to enable it for the user (which I think would be best).
> Perhaps this could be an option of software-properties-gtk?

I don't understand. Even with a live CD when there hasn't been any
apt-get update, If you want to play a video requiring a restricted codec
to be played, the program (totem) displays a dialogue box and propose to
install the adequate codecs (gstreamer-plugins-ugly), it selects the
good repository and make the "apt-get update" on the fly. Why the same
thing shouldn't be working for Adobe Flash Player ?

>
> Btw, I suppose this does not just affect the LiveCD, but also new
> installations or installations in general where universe/multiverse is
> not enabled.
>
> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubufox/+bug/147744
>

Vincent (vinnl) wrote :

Well, as I understand it (please correct me if I'm wrong), Ubufox tries to install a *Firefox plugin*. For some files, this would mean a Totem plugin for Firefox (and I suppose that, in turn, would be able to install the required Gstreamer codecs, but I haven't tried that). Likewise, instead of the Totem plugin for Firefox, Ubufox can try to install the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox (which can only be found in universe/multiverse).

Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2008-04-15
Changed in apturl:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package apturl - 0.2.2ubuntu1

---------------
apturl (0.2.2ubuntu1) hardy; urgency=low

  * apturl:
    - only add/ask about component enabling if the
      component is actually not yet available (#163049)
    - return correct error code when enabling
      a component failed/got cancelt
    - fix missing destroy in question() helper
    - ensure that component is fully availabe (LP: #208722)

 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:45:00 +0200

Changed in apturl:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Jorge Castro (jorge) wrote :

Confirming that this works on 20080422.1 ISOs

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