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Old 01-15-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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How install adobe flashplayer from adobe .tar.gz?

New install of Debian on E2 Vision HP laptop. Lots of problems. Used Adobe's instructions:

Installation instructions

Installing using the plugin tar.gz

Unpack the plugin tar.gz and copy the files to the appropriate location.
Save the plugin tar.gz locally and note the location the file was saved to.
Launch terminal and change directories to the location the file was saved to.
Unpack the tar.gz file. Once unpacked you will see the following:
Identify the location of the browser plugins directory, based on your Linux distribution and Firefox version
Copy to the appropriate browser plugins directory. At the prompt type:
$ cp <BrowserPluginsLocation>
Copy the Flash Player Local Settings configurations files to the /usr directory. At the prompt type:
$ sudo cp –r usr/* /usr
Do not understand lies beginning unpack and save so ignore these.

Copied to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Did the thing with cp. Seemed to work except for one item - seemed like it did not want to overwrite.

Here is the susequent, current output:
root@debian:/home/lugo/Downloads#  cp –A usr/* /usr
cp: cannot stat `–A': No such file or directory
cp: omitting directory `usr/bin'
cp: omitting directory `usr/lib'
cp: omitting directory `usr/lib64'
cp: omitting directory `usr/share'
Anyone ant suggestions? Thanks.

Last edited by lugoteehalt; 01-15-2013 at 02:42 AM.
Old 01-15-2013, 02:52 AM   #2
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Make sure you have non-free enable in your sources.list then open a terminal and as root
apt-get update
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
Or open synaptic and marks flashplugin-nonfree for installation and install it.
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root@debian:/home/lugo/Downloads# apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
flashplugin-nonfree is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
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When you install it for the first time, it will download the plugin from adobe, extract it, move it amd symlink it properly for all browsers to see it.
So, if it is already installed, it should have already done all the above. Just to make sure run
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --status
Flash Player version installed on this system  :
Flash Player version available on upstream site: - auto mode
  link currently points to /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/
/usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/ - priority 50
Current 'best' version is '/usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/'.
and if the installed version is older that the upstream one run
update-flashplugin-nonfree --install
to update it.


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