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#1 2018-11-01 05:20:01

johnraff
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New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

Changes in the recent firefox-esr have made the PPAPI flash wrapper provided by browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash unusable in Debian Stretch:
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=902256

The BunsenLabs package bunsen-pepperflash still works, but it is now only useful for Chrome or Chromium.

Version 0.3.9-1 of browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash in Debian Buster may fix this issue, but dependency on libavcodec58 (>= 7:4.0) may make backporting to Stretch difficult. However, now that Adobe are keeping the NPAPI flash plugin upgraded, then reverting to that is a usable workaround. The flashplayer plugin can be installed manually like this:

1) Go to Adobe's generic download page:
https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
2) Choose your operating system (probably Linux 64 or 32 bit), and version "FP ** for Linux **bit (.tar.gz) - NPAPI"
(Make sure you choose tar.gz and NPAPI.)
3) Download the tar.gz file, unpack it and copy the included libflashplayer.so into your local ~/.mozilla/plugins. (Make the directory if necessary.) You do not need the other files.
4) Restart Firefox, open about:plugins and check that the Flash plugin is listed.

At BunsenLabs we might consider backporting browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash if it turns out not to be difficult, or providing an auto-upgrading package bunsen-npflash for Firefox by analogy with bunsen-pepperflash, and also updating the welcome script, but for now the manual install is a usable workaround.

And be sure only to enable Flash for sites you trust and that have no other options!


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#2 2018-11-01 20:22:56

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

Backporting a newer freshplayer-plugin is not difficult.

If you rebuild it from source against Stretch's libavcodec57 3.2.10's -dev package, that's what it will depend on...these, for example, were built in generic Stretch pbuilders for MX 17: http://mxrepo.com/mx/testrepo/pool/test … yerplugin/

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#3 2018-11-02 04:00:54

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

^Thanks Steve - I'll give it a try, as that would be the least disruptive solution.


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#4 2018-11-20 20:14:58

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

Any luck with rebuilding pepperflash for stretch?


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#5 2018-11-21 03:47:37

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

I haven't looked at this yet, having some other stuff going on, and thinking it was a low priority.
Now I know at least one user is interested I'll move it up the TODO list a bit. smile

Meanwhile there is the workaround in the OP.


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#6 2018-11-23 02:30:48

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

As @stevep kindly pointed out, building the backported source on Stretch seems to work without any problems.

Here is a test deb of browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash for amd64, unsigned till official builds arrive:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VaSkT … 3-LnJtjO4v
sha256: 58a495dc872588976085beaf258d03cec39cbd666298f774bdd7405f6b1cc6e7


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#7 2018-11-26 03:00:35

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

32bit version:
browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash_0.3.9-1~bl-helium+1_i386.deb
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F9WOo … fpagiDRCeT
sha256: 72647c90ae8e3488a5cdf1a216341b69fd2b86c3a2ba315e7222dee0f28d0d0e


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#8 2018-12-27 03:05:09

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

so far those seem to work for me and if there are others willing to test your deb then that would be a great thing. If it passes the snuff test then it should be offered in the bunsen backports.


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#9 2018-12-27 04:44:36

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

Backported browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash 0.3.9+bl9-2 (amd64 and i386) is now in the main Helium repo, so a simple apt-get upgrade should fix the issue for all users.

Thanks to stevep for pointing out the fix, DeepDayze for testing and twoion for building the repo package.


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#10 2018-12-27 14:19:36

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Re: New Firefox cannot use PPAPI flash

johnraff wrote:

Backported browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash 0.3.9+bl9-2 (amd64 and i386) is now in the main Helium repo, so a simple apt-get upgrade should fix the issue for all users.

Thanks to stevep for pointing out the fix, DeepDayze for testing and twoion for building the repo package.

Thanks for this and if any  corner issues found will post up.


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