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Old 11-13-2003, 03:11 PM   #1
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Mandrake9.2/Gnome/Mozilla1.5/Flash troubles

OK I been searching the web and forums, for a solution to this problem I am having, but after many hours of research, I am having no luck.

I just did a fresh install of Mandrake 9.2.
I am using Gnome 2.4.0
I uninstalled Mozilla 1.4 and installed Mozilla 1.5.
I am having a hard time installing the Flash Plugin.
I logged in as Root
I downloaded the FlashPlugin, and extracted the directory
cd to the directory
then typed ./flashplayer-installer

Copyright information is displayed so I then pressed enter, only to see this:

NOTE: Macromedia Flash Player requires two font packages to be installed
ttfonts and urw-fonts

I originally hit enter to finish the installer anyway, only to discover it didn't work.

SO I set out to find these font packages

The only url I could find the fonts were at r p m f i n d . n e t

I downloaded the following files: ttfonts-1.3-12mdk.src.rpm and urw-fonts-2.0-9mdk.src.rpm

Now I am confussed as to how to install these files.

I tried typing in a terminal as root : rpm --rebuild font_package_names.mdk.src.rpm

and it seemed to have compiled or installed something. (I am unsure)

tried running the flash-installer again, Only to find out I am wasted 4 hours of my day doing research on this subject.

Please if anyone could help me here, I would certainly appreciate the help.

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Old 11-13-2003, 03:51 PM   #2
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fonts, well true type and urw. Now let me think........

Oh yes.

Are you dual booting ?

If so, you should be able to just copy your windows fonts, then you should have a true type fonts directory.

If not, then this is the link to follow. You obviously don't get "all" the windows fonts, you get the "core" fonts.

I would imagine that you should then be able to run the flash player - if you have a look on your mandrake install disc's then you may find them there.

sorry I can't be more specific, I'm still stuck in the "dark ages" - 9.1

but I don't recall seeing anything about fonts when I installed the flashplayer/plugin.

You could also check out the "software management" facility and see if the tt/urw font packages are available for download/install from the disc's. Though having just checked the kde font selector, I've got some urw fonts there anyway. I wonder if they were already in my system or whether I got them installed when I up graded/installed OpenOffice 1.1 - I don't know ??? but it might point you in the right direction.



p.s. Not sure if mozilla works the same, because I use opera, you could try having a look to see if there's a mozilla or netscape plugin to use - you might just have to select it. Worth a try
Old 04-08-2004, 01:06 AM   #3
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While I am a total to Linux and feeling my way through this install as I go, I am a retired applications and web applications developer fluent in several OOP and scripting languages, so I am totally familiar with computers and their vagaries.

Like Fastfeet, this was a pristine install of Mandrake 9.2 (only OS this particular box will ever see). Everything came up and ran fine, no problems noted. However, when I surfed to PHP-Nuke with my shiny new OS, I was informed that I needed the Flash plug-in. No problem, thought I. I merrily embarked upon finding the needed rpm(s). I have looked all over my file system, including the ISO CDs I downloaded and burned to no avail--I simply cannot locate the requisite files needed for the Flash install. I've also searched many sites and forums the last few hours looking for answers.

Here's where I am so far: The Linux install itself is chugging along just great! As for the Flash install, I have the uvm-font package intalled, but not the ttfonts or Flash 5.x rpms. These rpms are not on my machine or the downloaded CDs. I also can't find them at rpmfind, sourceforge, freshmeat, or several other Linux sites I've been to, including both Mandrake and Netscape/Mozilla. Konqueror is just not wanting to play well with others as far as this !@#$%^ Flash player is concerned. I have followed many threads of advice and help. I learned a great deal about Linux and getting around my system from the various threads and posts, but none of the excellent advice worked, unfortunately...

Can someone please explain how to get this done so that a Linux n00b can understand said explanation?

p.s. Fastfeet, to install from a rpm repository such as rpmfind, just right-click on the download link and it should spawn a context menu, offering you the option to bring up your Software Installer. Click on the installer and it launches the KDE rpm installer app. I don't know if Gnome works like this, but I suspect it might. Just something I found out while experimenting today.


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Old 04-09-2004, 10:34 AM   #4
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Well, I've just had a look for the flash player and it seems to be here. All I'll do is to run the rpm (as in "double click" on it) and if it install's (I downloaded the mandrake 10 one, as that's what I'm running now) without any dependency problems, then I just have to open the preferences section in opera and tell it to use the flash plugin.

As far as I recall, once installed the flash player "just works" with mozilla (as it just put's it in the mozilla plugins directory - I think). I usually test it by going here because some of the flash music video files are really funny.

The other thing I thought of, is that until I wanted to try mandrake 10 CE (oh the juicy 2.6 kernel and kde 3.2) I've always got boxed set's from mandrake, because they include the commercial (i.e. non gpl) app's like the flash player, acrobat reader, etc that aren't included in the download version - plus the club membership (basic level) get's you quite a few extra bit's, and preference mirror's for any download extra's.

I'd also suggest that you visit the easy urpmi site and follow the instructions to update your urpmi sources (and don't forget to include the "PLF", because they have some nice eye candy, as well as a few more up to date things), if you should get an error durig the process, then just let it complete as far as it will and then go back and pick a different mirror for the part that "error'd".

Hope this helps




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