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I'm running CentOS 5 and following the instructions in a howtoforge article tried to install Adobe as a Firefox plug-in. While the Adobe reader seems to have installed fine on the system, I still can't get it or Flash/Shockwave working with Firefox. In googling, I found mention of an additional app called acroread-plugins but don't see it available under yum. Is there another repository that I need to get these?
The PDF Reader and Flash plugin are different things. "Acroread-plugins" by name seems related to the PDF reader and (I think) won't help you get Flash going. Saying "doesn't work" won't help because it could be a myriad of things, error messages or something would be better. The "flash-plugin" package (DAG or RPMForge repo) contains the plugin and AFAIK is all you need. 'rpm -q flash-plugin' should return the name if it's installed. Does your ~/.mozilla/plugins/ directory contain a copy of or link to the libflashplayer.so (for location see 'rpm -ql flash-plugin')? When you type "aboutlugins" in the Firefox location bar, is the plugin listed? And that particular (remote) resource (.swf) you're testing with isn't blocked by a plugin like NoScript?
Thanks for the feedback. I don't get any error messages. It looks like even though I installed it through Firefox, it installed it as a general application to the OS rather than as a plugin. I'm going to uninstall it and try again.
I don't get any error messages. (...) I'm going to uninstall it and try again.
Like reinstalling a complete GNU/Linux distribution when some subsystem doesn't work, reinstalling an application is often an unnecessary reflex mostly done if people do not (care to) understand what's going on. But since you didn't reply anything after "error messages" maybe reinstalling stuff over and over again was meant to be your Groundhog Day...
I actually do care to know what is going on, and i'm having the same issues on CentOS 5.2 . Any help would go most appreciated.
Originally Posted by unSpawn
The "flash-plugin" package (DAG or RPMForge repo) contains the plugin and AFAIK is all you need. 'rpm -q flash-plugin' should return the name if it's installed. Does your ~/.mozilla/plugins/ directory contain a copy of or link to the libflashplayer.so (for location see 'rpm -ql flash-plugin')?
it's already installed, and no, it is not there
[root@Zhuge ~]# yum install flash-plugin
Loading "fastestmirror" plugin
Loading "priorities" plugin
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* rpmforge: ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de
* base: mirrors.unbornmedia.com
* updates: mirror.cs.vt.edu
* addons: mirror.myriadnetwork.com
* extras: mirror.fdcservers.net
297 packages excluded due to repository priority protections
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package flash-plugin - 188.8.131.52-1.el5.rf.i386 is already installed.
Nothing to do
[root@Zhuge ~]# rpm -ql flash-plugin
When you type "aboutlugins" in the Firefox location bar, is the plugin listed? And that particular (remote) resource (.swf) you're testing with isn't blocked by a plugin like NoScript?
"about : plugins" says it is installed, and i am not using any script blocking apps. I'm trying to use rosetta stone online and their system check says shockwave is not detected, in addition to not working properly.
But since you didn't reply anything after "error messages" maybe reinstalling stuff over and over again was meant to be your Groundhog Day...
Hmm... I felt compelled to reply as the mod is an ass... Seems after going through the effort of mocking, when someone DOES "reply" they don't get a "reply" back. Way to promote linux, by being a dick.
Install adobe-release rpm to get yum repo file for adobe repository, and then run "yum install flash-player" or "yum install flash-player --enablerepo=adobe-linux" if adobe-linux repo is not enabled by default. That should be it. Of course install without running Firefox instances or restart Firefox if you accidentally do.