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#1 2017-03-03 05:36:43

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[SOLVED] Unable to install Adobe Flash

I am trying to install Flash using terminal using the debian instructions. But I get the following errors. Please note that I have used Synaptics to install Flash, and the installation goes through, however neither Firefox not Opera runs it or even shows it in the addons section.

root@linux:~# apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  konqueror-nsplugins ttf-xfree86-nonfree hal
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  flashplugin-nonfree
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/18.0 kB of archives.
After this operation, 180 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-nonfree.
(Reading database ... 122262 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../flashplugin-nonfree_1%3a3.6.1+deb8u1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking flashplugin-nonfree (1:3.6.1+deb8u1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.0.2-5) ...
Setting up flashplugin-nonfree (1:3.6.1+deb8u1) ...
--2017-03-03 10:59:52--  https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/24.0.0.186/flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
Resolving fpdownload.adobe.com (fpdownload.adobe.com)... 49.44.104.142
Connecting to fpdownload.adobe.com (fpdownload.adobe.com)|49.44.104.142|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2017-03-03 10:59:54 ERROR 404: Not Found.

ERROR: wget failed to download https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/24.0.0.186/flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
More information might be available at:
  http://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer

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#2 2017-03-03 05:49:27

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Re: [SOLVED] Unable to install Adobe Flash

Try the Bunsenlabs method.  This package will download and unpack the PPAPI flash plugin from Adobe,  and add configuration files for chromium and  browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash. (Remove pepperflashplugin-nonfree first)

sudo apt-get install bunsen-pepperflash

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#3 2017-03-03 06:39:31

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Re: [SOLVED] Unable to install Adobe Flash

damo wrote:

Try the Bunsenlabs method.  This package will download and unpack the PPAPI flash plugin from Adobe,  and add configuration files for chromium and  browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash. (Remove pepperflashplugin-nonfree first)

sudo apt-get install bunsen-pepperflash

That worked for Chromium.


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#4 2017-03-03 07:24:53

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#5 2017-03-03 19:07:54

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Re: [SOLVED] Unable to install Adobe Flash

It now seems that opera-stable (like the current 43) won't find the plugin installed by bunsen-pepperflash, because it's not in one of the folders where it searches to find the .so and .json files, but creating symlinks to them in one where it does search will get it working.

Where it searches:

{
  "PepperFlashPaths" : [
    "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-beta/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-unstable/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so"
  ]
}

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#6 2017-03-04 12:59:27

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Re: [SOLVED] Unable to install Adobe Flash

stevep wrote:

Where it searches:

{
  "PepperFlashPaths" : [
    "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-beta/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-unstable/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so"
  ]
}

I can't find any of the above locations even though chromium is installed. Should I create the first one maybe?

I tried many times even before this post to see where I could paste the lipepflashplayer.so file like I did for Mozilla (/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/". But couldn't find proper location. Infact even Firefox doesn't detect flash even after pasting the .so file.


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#7 2017-03-04 13:18:40

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I have a feeling that you have tinkered with your system so much that it may be impossible to figure out where things went wrong. The bl-welcome script, which runs at first boot, will give you options for setting up flash, and keep it updated automatically.


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#8 2017-03-04 13:22:58

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damo wrote:

I have a feeling that you have tinkered with your system so much that it may be impossible to figure out where things went wrong. The bl-welcome script, which runs at first boot, will give you options for setting up flash, and keep it updated automatically.

Yes, I guess I remember it. But I choose NO, since I am not a big fan of Flash and non of my activities depend on it. However there is a need now for flash to do a task for someone else. I have installed Chromium and have enabled flash in it by pepperflash. Just curious on how things go with firefox and opera as they are the two browsers I use.


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#9 2017-03-04 13:41:02

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^ So are you doing this on your own BL installation, or someone else's system?


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#10 2017-03-04 14:15:26

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damo wrote:

^ So are you doing this on your own BL installation, or someone else's system?

It's my own sweet system... I just ran bl-welcome script again and I could get a glimpse of that screen where it said flash is already installed and hence bypassing this step.


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#11 2017-03-04 14:41:37

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I did install fresh player wrapper as per the article from jessie backports.
Flash is detected however not loaded with the error saying that the .so wasn't found on these locations

    "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-beta/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-unstable/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so"

Therefore moved copied the .so file from /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ to /usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/ and restarted Firefox.

I don't get that error anymore, but only a blank screen is displayed in the flash player window. I have selected to always activate flash player in Firefox add on page, disabled ghostery and ABP, yet's it's blank. Digging Google and Firefox forums for answers. smile

Opera doesn't even detect it. And I can't find /usr/lib/opera/plugins or ~/.local/lib/opera/plugins folder in my system as per this page.

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#12 2017-03-04 15:54:36

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linux_user wrote:

Just curious on how things go with firefox...

Run Firefox and Flash from your ~/ folder to test...

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#13 2017-03-04 17:24:14

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hhh wrote:
linux_user wrote:

Just curious on how things go with firefox...

Run Firefox and Flash from your ~/ folder to test...

I did everything as you said, but the flash test failed. The flash window is blank. By the way, the .so file is libpepflashplayer.so and not libflashplayer.so.

I see on the internet that many faced this blank screen error. But none can give a solid reason as to why and therefore no solid fixes.


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#14 2017-03-04 17:33:07

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linux_user wrote:

...

I did everything as you said, but the flash test failed. The flash window is blank. By the way, the .so file is libpepflashplayer.so and not libflashplayer.so.
....

Strange hmm  flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz contains libflashplayer.so, not libpepflashplayer.so.


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#15 2017-03-04 17:44:32

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damo wrote:

Strange hmm  flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz contains libflashplayer.so, not libpepflashplayer.so.

I had downloaded ppai, not npai. I was using opera, so the website automatically collected this ppai I guess. I didn't notice either.

Now I have downloaded it using firefox, got npai. There we go... It's fixed.. The flash content is played by the main firefox installation itself.

Thanks a lot... Now stuck with finding the location to paste libpepflashplayer.so for opera.

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linux_user wrote:
stevep wrote:

Where it searches:

{
  "PepperFlashPaths" : [
    "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/usr/lib64/chromium/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-beta/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome-unstable/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so",
    "/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so"
  ]
}

I can't find any of the above locations even though chromium is installed. Should I create the first one maybe?

I tried many times even before this post to see where I could paste the lipepflashplayer.so file like I did for Mozilla (/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/". But couldn't find proper location. Infact even Firefox doesn't detect flash even after pasting the .so file.

Yes, that's the list of where Opera looks for the plugin...it doesn't mean the folders necessarily exist. A manual fix requires creating one of those locations and either copying the .so and .json files from /usr/lib/bunsen-pepperflash into it or creating a symlink for one of those locations that links to the bunsen-pepperflash folder.

Currently in Debian Jessie and testing, flashplugin-nonfree and pepperflashplugin-nonfree are both totally broken because of Adobe's changes.  There is a half-fixed version of pepperflashplugin-nonfree stuck in Sid that I went ahead and finished for MX Linux; it also puts pepperflash somewhere that Opera and it's ilk can find it--don't know if BL wants to add fixed version to its own repo and add the systemd timer to it--the changes required to fix it were trivial.

Since there are now two different types of Flash, a wrapper for Pepperflash, and browsers that can be restricted to use one type or use either, a help request should say exactly which browser plus its version is having trouble.

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linux_user wrote:

I did everything as you said, but the flash test failed. The flash window is blank. By the way, the .so file is libpepflashplayer.so and not libflashplayer.so.

linux_user wrote:

I had downloaded ppai, not npai. I was using opera, so the website automatically collected this ppai I guess. I didn't notice either.

Now I have downloaded it using firefox, got npai. There we go... It's fixed.. The flash content is played by the main firefox installation itself.

So you didn't do anything I said at first and, surprise, it didn't work. Then you did exactly what I said and, behold, it worked.

To be blunt, we volunteer our time to create and support this project. Please do not waste that time by ignoring explicit instructions.

Thank you and glad Flash in FF is working for you.

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hhh wrote:

So you didn't do anything I said at first and, surprise, it didn't work. Then you did exactly what I said and, behold, it worked.

To be blunt, we volunteer our time to create and support this project. Please do not waste that time by ignoring explicit instructions.

Thank you and glad Flash in FF is working for you.

Well, to be honest, I did exactly as you said. But I didn't know there are two versions - npapi or papai or download using firefox. So I used whichever .so was available, and informed it too. Realized it only after until you pointed out.

hhh wrote:

Strange hmm  flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz contains libflashplayer.so, not libpepflashplayer.so.

I also understand how difficult it is for you to troubleshoot without using the system first hand, not even with remote connection. And how frustrated will it be if someone doesn't do exactly as said. I respect your all, and I will be trying to improve my responses.

Sorry and thank you! smile

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#19 2017-03-04 19:45:06

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Well, you said you used Opera to download Flash when I said to use Firefox (Adobe browser-sniffs to determine the Flash version).

Linux:
Firefox - NPAPI 	24.0.0.221
Chrome (embedded) - PPAPI 	24.0.0.221
Opera, Chromium-based browsers - PPAPI 	24.0.0.221

I appreciate you're understanding, though. Thanks! Maybe this will help for Flash on Opera...
http://www.opera.com/docs/linux/plugins/install/

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hhh wrote:

Maybe this will help for Flash on Opera...
http://www.opera.com/docs/linux/plugins/install/

Strangly, that page says libflashplayer.so and not libpepflashplayer.so should be copied to /usr/lib/opera/plugins/.

stevep wrote:

Yes, that's the list of where Opera looks for the plugin...it doesn't mean the folders necessarily exist. A manual fix requires creating one of those locations and either copying the .so and .json files from /usr/lib/bunsen-pepperflash into it or creating a symlink for one of those locations that links to the bunsen-pepperflash folder.

I copied and pasted .so and .json files from /usr/lib/bunsen-pepperflash to the /usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/

And all is well.

I had a misconception that flash once configured, will work for all browsers, like in Windows. May be that approach gave me surprises and extended this post a lot.

_____________________________________________________________
Just for anyone reading this post in future, this is what should be done.

For Chrome - It comes with flash

For Chromium
- Install bunsen pepperflash,

sudo apt-get install bunsen-pepperflash

Refer this post https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic … 346#p46346

For Opera
- Download ppapi version from Adobe website, and copy libpepflashplayer.so and manifest.json files to any of the following folders (create them if necessary).

/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libpepflashplayer.so",
 /usr/lib/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/
 /usr/lib/PepperFlash/
 /usr/lib64/PepperFlash/
 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/
 /usr/lib/chromium/PepperFlash/
 /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/
/usr/lib64/chromium/PepperFlash/
/opt/google/chrome-beta/PepperFlash/
/opt/google/chrome-unstable/PepperFlash/
/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/

For Firefox - Download flash_player_npapi_linux.x86_64.tar from Adobe website (not ppapi) and extract the files. Copy paste libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins folder (create if necessary).

Thank you all who participated... Please tell me if anything should be added or changed in the above instructions.

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