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Old 06-15-2004, 11:37 PM   #1
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No text in flash animations


I am reposting this in the debian section since it seems to be specific to certian distros(debian included)

Setup:
Debian/GNU Linux 2.6.5 i686 Sarge / Debian/GNU Linux 2.4.18 Sarge
Flashplayer Plugin 7.0.25 / Flashplayer Plugin 6.0.9
Mozilla Firefox .8 / Mozilla 1.4 / Mozilla 1.6 / Konqueror 3.2.2
KDE 3.2.2 / Gnome 2.4.1
Xfree86 4.3

I am having issues viewing text in flash animations. If I create an animation and use normal text then I cannot see the text, If I make the same text bold(but do nothing else), I can see it no problem. I have tried it with all of the combinations above and receive the same results with each. I don't have this issue on a Fedora Core 1 setup using the same versions of software. For my project using a bold font is a perfectly acceptable fix, however I would like to know what is causing this behavior. A site that does not display correctly is macromedia.com (The global links bar at the top of the page has no text). Also left clicking on a flash animation and bringing up the settings menu, (there is no text on the settings menu).
Does macromedia.com display correctly for any other Debian user?
Any suggestions? Thanks.
 
Old 06-16-2004, 09:11 PM   #2
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No complaints here. Macromedia.com and flash animations show perfectly. Do you mean the bar that says Home Products Showcase etc.? Also the settings menu when mouse clicking (in my case right-click seems to work) shows OK.

I use Debian Sid, Linux 2.6.6-1-686, Firefox 0.8-12, Flashplugin 7.0.25-2, J2RE 1.4.1-6, WindowMaker 0.80.2-0.2, and XFree86 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4.

If you're having issues with Sarge, then perhaps you should upgrade to Sid? If this is your production machine and you're worried about stability in Sid, you can install apt-listbugs, which will warn you before installing packages with release-critical bugs filed against it.
 
Old 06-16-2004, 09:33 PM   #3
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Im upgrading to sid now. Thanks for the reply.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 10:44 PM   #4
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Well, I upgraded to sid and still get the same thing. I also downloaded KNOPPIX livecd and it works fine here. So it should work in Debian.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 11:01 PM   #5
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The versions don't actually change that much from Testing to Unstable. Perhaps you just need to install j2re to see the macromedia.com page properly?

Add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://jopa.studentenweb.org/debian ./

Then install j2re1.4 using either apt-get or some frontend, such as Aptitude or Synaptic.

If you want java to work in Firefox, you also need to symlink the plugin:

# ln -s /etc/alternatives/javaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins

I can assure you that the macromedia.com web page shows perfectly in my Firefox.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 11:33 PM   #6
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I also have in /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/ symlinks to /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/flashplayer.xpt and to /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so but these symlinks were made automatically when installing the flashplugin-nonfree (which is located in Aptitude at the web/contrib directory).
 
Old 06-17-2004, 11:47 PM   #7
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Didn't figure that'd work but I tried it anyway, still dosen't work. Here's a screenshot of macromedia.com with the flash settings menu open. So far it works on Redhat9 and KNOPPIX for me, and Debian for others, but not on 3 seperate Debian boxes for me, stable, testing, or sid. This is becoming rather annoying. Parrot could you please post the output of:
#dpkg -l font* xfont* xfs*
and thanks for the help, at least I know it can work.
 
Old 06-18-2004, 12:08 AM   #8
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OK, here we go...

Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Description
+++-==============-==============-============================================
ii fontconfig 2.2.2-2 generic font configuration library
un fontilus <none> (no description available)
ii xfonts-100dpi 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 100 dpi fonts for X
ii xfonts-75dpi 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 75 dpi fonts for X
un xfonts-abi <none> (no description available)
un xfonts-artwiz <none> (no description available)
ii xfonts-base 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 standard fonts for X
un xfonts-cjk <none> (no description available)
un xfonts-cyrilli <none> (no description available)
ii xfonts-scalabl 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 scalable fonts for X
un xfs <none> (no description available)

Hope this helps!
 
Old 06-18-2004, 12:28 AM   #9
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Ah, if it's a fonts issue, then I need to add that I have msttcorefonts installed (in Aptitude these are at graphics/contrib directory).

I've manually added the lines:

FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"
FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"

into /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.

I've also run (as root) "dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig", "dpkg-reconfigure libpango1.0-common", and "dpkg-reconfigure x-ttcidfont-conf".

Perhaps these actions affect the way that Firefox shows fonts in flash animations?
 
Old 06-18-2004, 12:58 AM   #10
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Can anyone else confirm my view? Please point your browser towards

http://www.macromedia.com/

and tell if you can see the text (Home Products Showcase etc.) in the grey upper bar, that doesn't show any text in this guy's screenshot.

Am I the only Debian user whose web browser shows text in flash animations?

Last edited by Dead Parrot; 06-18-2004 at 07:38 PM.
 
Old 06-20-2004, 12:58 AM   #11
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It's working now. Ran dpkg-reconfigure libpango1.0-common and choose not to entrust font management to defoma. Again, thanks for the help parrot.
 
Old 07-10-2004, 01:45 PM   #12
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Still having font problems

I would like to add that I am still having the problem after following twsnnva's advice above, so it is not a catch-all. Maybe you have to do this before something else happens, or else you have to also do something else (some other reconfiguration perhaps)? I'll post something if I find a solution to my problem.
 
Old 08-23-2004, 05:37 PM   #13
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Same problem here ...

debian sid
kernel 2.4.22, 2.4.24 , 2.4.25, 2.6.1, 2.6.4, 2.6.5, 2.6.6 , 2.6.7 , 2.6.8.1 (in fact all i tested, i often upgrade lol)
firefox , mozilla, all versions (including lasts 0.9.3 // 1.7.2)
flashplugin 6 , 7 all version tested
X.org , Xfree 4.3

flash animation show no text
i tried twsnnva tip, but it still sucks

I have a friend on debian sid too , he also has the problem

this really pisses me off ... if anyone has an idea?
 
Old 08-29-2004, 10:35 PM   #14
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My fonts have myseriously begun working recently in flash. I'm not sure if Macromedia has changed their menu, but another way to check is to right click on a flash animation and choose Settings (some animations do not allow this for some reason) - I know the text in the Settings dialog was not working before either, but it is now. I believe it happened after I installed a round of packages associated with the Eclipse IDE, which I believe included the gsfonts-x11 package. I also installed the latest Blackdown j2re1.4 and j2sdk1.4 for debian available unofficially, which you can get here. I have a list of packages I've installed by date and I can provide this if it will be helpful (my /var/cache/apt/archives/), but it doesn't seem to include the ones I installed with Eclipse for some reason.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 05:02 PM   #15
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i already have gsfonts-x11 installed, but i'll try installing eclipse, maybe it will install THE needed dependency ^^
i would be grateful if you'd provide me the list of all the packages you installed until it worked ;-)
 
  


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