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Old 11-21-2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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Suse 10.3 Non-oss install trouble (flash, pdf, fonts)

Hi all,

I'm having an absolute nightmare with upgrading from Suse 10.2 to 10.3. Long story short, I had to wipe and start over, and now that everything is for the most part back up and running, I'm having some small strange issues that I didn't have with my laptop (which upgraded from 10.2 to 10.3 without a hitch).

Specifically, Firefox refuses to take the Flash and Adobe Reader plugins (even though they do work in Konqueror). I'm also having trouble relocating the microsoft core font package.

I do have packman, the OSS and the Non-Oss repositories enabled but I'm still having a ridiculous amount of trouble with this stuff. I think it all stems from installing from the CD without a live network connection...maybe something to do with that particular base system that is screwing with my ability to get some of this other stuff to work?

I've tried uninstalling, reinstalling, force updating and just about everything I can think of to get flash to work in Firefox, up to trying to download and install directly. At best, I'll get a placeholder for the flash object in the browser, but nothing will ever load.

As for the fonts, I was pretty sure I've gotten the microsoft fonts as part of a basic software update (they were always optional installs in past versions), but I can't seem to find the package anywhere.

Can anyone help?
Old 11-22-2007, 08:40 AM   #2
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you can download the flashplayer.tar.gz

download the flash.tar.gz instead of the flash.rpm and extract it with this command tar zxvf flashplayer-x.tar.gz (the x is the version number). then logon as root to copy the to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
the command will be (cp flashplayer .so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

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Old 11-22-2007, 09:19 AM   #3
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When I do this, I'm getting an error that says: ERROR: Your architecture, \'x86_64\', is not supported by the Adobe Flash Player installer.

Prior to upgrading to 10.3, flash worked fine, so I know that error can't be right. I downloaded the tar.gz from Adobe's official location....Is there somewhere else I should be looking?
Old 11-22-2007, 10:22 AM   #4
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There is a flash-player package on the install disk, or you can install it form the repository.

I think it creates a wrapper in /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/ that uses the library in /usr/lib/browser-plugins/.

rpm -qa | grep flash
hpamd64:/home/jschiwal/delllapinitrd # rpm -qiq flash-player
Name        : flash-player                 Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     :                          Vendor: SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Nuernberg, Germany
Release     : 16                            Build Date: Fri Sep 21 17:02:40 2007
Install Date: Sun Nov 11 06:08:59 2007      Build Host:
Group       : Productivity/Networking/Web/Browsers   Source RPM: flash-player-
Size        : 13930456                         License: Any commercial, individual distribution permission.
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Fri Sep 21 17:05:39 2007, Key ID a84edae89c800aca
Packager    :
Summary     : Macromedia Flash Plug-In
Description :
This package contains Macromedia's Flash plug-in for the supported Web
browsers. This includes Netscape6, Mozilla (all Gecko browsers), and

    Adobe Systems Incorporated
Distribution: openSUSE 10.3 (i586)
hpamd64:/home/jschiwal/delllapinitrd # rpm -ql flash-player
hpamd64:/home/jschiwal/delllapinitrd # file /usr/lib/browser-plugins/
/usr/lib/browser-plugins/ ELF 32-bit LSB shared object, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), stripped
hpamd64:/home/jschiwal/delllapinitrd # locate
I am running SuSE 10.3 on a HP zv5000 AMD64 laptop. It is the 64 bit distro.

Also look in YaST2. The Software section has a module to select alternate repositories. The ones in this list seem to work better than others for Media type packages.
Old 11-23-2007, 03:01 AM   #5
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I figured out the flash trouble. Turns out that the latest version of nspluginwrapper was getting some sort of error every time it tried to install either the acroread or the flash plugins. I reinstalled an older version of nspluginwrapper, and now everything is golden.


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