Ubuntu Firefox Bug #41828

I'm slightly irked at the Ubuntu Firefox maintainers right now. Back near the start of May, I reported a bug that prevents people from installing Flash using the Firefox Plugin Finder.

The Firefox Plugin Finder is the little wizzard that pops up and walks you through the Flash install if you don't have the plugin. The alternative is to do things the nerdy way and run "sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree". Hardly as obvious or intuitive.

I have reported both the cause and an easy workaround. Maybe I don't understand what's going on, but it looks like they are ignoring the solution I posted.

Ian Jackson said: 

Certainly currently in my test system strace reveals that whatever the problem is, it's probably not a missing plugins directory somewhere and probably not a permissions problem.

If a missing plugin directory isn't the problem, why does creating one fix it? Can't a bash script create it the first time Firefox is run? It would be rather hackish, but it would provide a termporary solution until the source code or whatever is fixed.

The whole thing is rather frustrating. 


3 Responses to “Ubuntu Firefox Bug #41828”

  1. 1 Steve George June 1, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t think you’ve read all his comments on the bug. He’s agreed with you that using the plugin manager is the right solution for Ubuntu.

    But he’s gone on to say that it’s a general problem with Mozilla, which is why he talks about ‘upstream’, and he’s discussing it with them to try and find a solution. So he’s agreed with the problem, but disagrees about the solution … but is working to find an answer.



  2. 2 James June 1, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Ok, I reread the comments and I see what you mean.

    I have a question though: if this is an ‘unstream’ problem with Mozilla, how come the official Firefox build does not display this behavior? It would see that the bug is the result of patches Ubuntu has applied to it.

  3. 3 Steve George June 27, 2006 at 6:29 am

    I don’t know is the honest answer. And from the bugzilla notes you can see that the Ubuntu developer isn’t sure what the problem is. That’s why he’s refering it to the Mozilla developers and asking them for some help.

    For the moment I guess you either make the directory which solved your problem. Or you install flash through the package system.

    At least you’re not on PPC (Mac) – no flash for me 😉

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