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Old 09-27-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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Adobe Flash player in 64-bit debian/squeeze

I am trying to install the flash player in the 64-bit version of debian/testing;
I downloaded the 64-bit development package from Adobe (they do not yet have a 64 bit version out of development). Here is what is happening:
gary@debian:~$ dpkg --build '/home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux' 
dpkg-deb: failed to open package info file `/home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux/DEBIAN/control' for reading: No such file or directory
gary@debian:~$ ls -l /home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux/DEBIAN
total 16
-rw-r--r-- 1 gary gary 1396 Jul 30 15:49 control
-rw-r--r-- 1 gary gary  240 Jul 30 15:49 md5sums
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gary gary 1186 Jul 30 15:49 postinst
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gary gary 1310 Jul 30 15:49 prerm
Contents of the control file:
gary@debian:~$ cat '/home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux/DEBIAN/control' 
Package: adobe-flashplugin
Architecture: i386
Maintainer: DL-Flash Player Ubuntu <>
Installed-Size: 11776
Depends: debconf | debconf-2.0, fontconfig, libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.20.0), libc6 (>= 2.4), libcairo2 (>= 1.6.0), libfontconfig1 (>= 2.4.0), libfreetype6 (>= 2.3.5), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.12.0), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.12.0), libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.20.5), libx11-6, libxext6, libxt6, wget
Suggests: firefox, konqueror-nsplugins, libnspr4-0d, libnss3-1d, msttcorefonts, ttf-bitstream-vera | ttf-dejavu, ttf-xfree86-nonfree, x-ttcidfont-conf, xfs (>= 1:1.0.1-5)
Conflicts: flashplayer-mozilla, flashplugin (<< 6), flashplugin-installer, xfs (<< 1:1.0.1-5)
Replaces: flashplugin (<< 6)
Provides: flashplugin-nonfree
Section: partner/web
Priority: optional
Description: Adobe Flash Player plugin version 10
 This package will download the Flash Player from Adobe. It is a
 Netscape/Mozilla type plugin. Any browser based on Netscape or Mozilla can use
 the Flash plugin. This package officially supports the following browsers:
 Firefox 2.x, Firefox 3.x, SeaMonkey 1.11
Npp-Applications: ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384, 92650c4d-4b8e-4d2a-b7eb-24ecf4f6b63a, aa5ca914-c309-495d-91cf-3141bbb04115
Npp-Description: Adobe Flash Plugin (
Npp-Mimetype: application/x-shockwave-flash
Npp-Name: Adobe Flash Plugin
it looks to me like the file `/home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux/DEBIAN/control' does exist. --- what am I doing wrong?

Old 09-27-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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gary@debian:~$ cat '/home/gary/Desktop/install_flash_player_10_linux/DEBIAN/control' 
Package: adobe-flashplugin
Architecture: i386
Maintainer: DL-Flash Player Ubuntu <>
Looks like you are trying to install the i386 package.
And a Ubuntu package also which is bad practice.
According to the Debian wiki:

The package in unstable is suitable for Lenny (stable) and Squeeze (testing).
See the wiki page here:

I'd suggest trying this method.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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Hello trooper;
Thank you for the reply.

I started re-checking what I thought I had downloaded from adobe,
and discovered that I really got things screwed up.

Time to delete all I did and start again

Thanks for the link,

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Debian 5.0 'Lenny' amd64

In September 2010 Adobe announced Flash Player "Square". As of September 17 it is a fully working preview release.

Flash Player Square Installation

First remove the version you may have installed (it's probably a 32 bit version or too old):

$ apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree nspluginwrapper (the same applies to the 32bit version from debian-multimedia)

Get the Flash Player "Square" binary from Adobe (look for the Download plug-in for 64-bit Linux (TAR.GZ, 4.1 MB) link.

Extract the tar ball:

$ tar xvzf flashplayer_square_p1_64bit_linux_091510.tar.gz

As root copy the extracted file to the mozilla plugins folder(this will work with Google Chrome as well):

$ cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
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