Firefox is unable to play flash movie

Bug #175666 reported by Ceriak on 2007-12-11
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

I have a fresh Gutsy install. When I try to install Macromedia Flash through Firefox's built-in installer, it reports that it was succesfully installed, but after restart it offers to install flash plugin again. If I choose Gnash, it installs and then flash movies are replaced with simple grey areas.

I _think_ this is because a new Flash version has just been released.

Purging flashplugin-nonfree, and then installing again reveals this:

---o0o---

Unpacking flashplugin-nonfree (from .../flashplugin-nonfree_9.0.48.0.2+really0ubuntu12_i386.deb) ...
Setting up flashplugin-nonfree (9.0.48.0.2+really0ubuntu12) ...
Downloading...
--14:20:36-- http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
           => `./install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz'
Resolving fpdownload.macromedia.com... 88.221.170.70
Connecting to fpdownload.macromedia.com|88.221.170.70|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3,036,127 (2.9M) [application/x-gzip]

<Download progress>

14:21:04 (106.30 KB/s) - `./install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz' saved [3036127/3036127]

Download done.
md5sum mismatch install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
The Flash plugin is NOT installed.

---o0o---

Notice the md5sum mismatch, and the note that "The Flash plugin is NOT installed."

Would this problem be fixed by upgrading the md5sum?

Best regards :o)

Johnny :o)

Oh, and I can no longer play flash in firefox either.
(kubuntu 7.10)

Best regards :o)

Johnny :o)

Ceriak (ceriak) wrote :

OK, it could be that, but what about Gnash?

Maris Nartiss (maris-nartiss) wrote :

Same here on fresh 32bit 7.10.
I installed flashplugin-nonfree via Synaptics, still Firefox complains about missing flash plugin and offers to install it. When I try to install via Firefox, it says, that I have it already installed, still it shows, that plugin is missing.

Gnash installs fine, and the installation shows fine in firefox when browsing about:plugins.

Unfortunately Gnash does not play _a lot_ of flash out there, so I considder it no solution.

I have manually downloaded and installed Adobe's new flash, and it just works.

I think this bug is a simple matter of the package flashplugin-nonfree containing the md5sum for the previous flash version, while the package downloads the new flash version.
That, of course, can not work.

How do we find out who is the maintainer of flashplugin-nonfree?

Best regards :o)

Johnny :o)

On Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 09:09:25PM -0000, Maris Nartiss wrote:
> Same here on fresh 32bit 7.10.
> I installed flashplugin-nonfree via Synaptics, still Firefox complains about missing flash plugin and offers to install it. When I try to install via Firefox, it says, that I have it already installed, still it shows, that plugin is missing.
>

Please attach $HOME/.mozilla/pluginreg.dat file as well as the
terminal output of

 ls -l /usr/bin/firefox

to this bug.

Thanks,

 - Alexander

Changed in firefox:
status: New → Incomplete
Jonas Sundberg (jsund) wrote :

Mekaniserad Apelsin posted a temporary solution at ubuntu-se.org that keeps the package installed for new updates: http://ubuntu-se.org/smf/index.php?/topic,21227.msg159072.html#msg159072

For those of you that don't want to read the page in Swedish, here are the commands used:

sudo apt-get remove gnash flashplugin-nonfree
wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp9_archive.zip
unzip fp9_archive.zip fp9_archive/9r48/install_flash_player_9r48_linux.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /var/cache/flashplugin-nonfree
sudo mv fp9_archive/9r48/install_flash_player_9r48_linux.tar.gz /var/cache/flashplugin-nonfree/install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
rm -r fp9_archive*

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

I can confirm this problem on a brand new Gutsy installation. The files Alexander requested are attached.

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

My terminal output to the above comand is :
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 2008-01-19 02:20 /usr/bin/firefox -> ../lib/firefox/firefox

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

This bug is a duplicate of bug 173890.

Changed in firefox:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
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