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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Extremely hacked Flash 10 on Gentoo

Flash has always been a problem for me on 64-bit linux. It works ok with Nspluginwrapper but is continually crashing or hanging the browser. It has even started to crash X lately which is just screwed up. So I decided to take Flash 10 beta for a test drive to see if anything is improved but I ran into some stumbling blocks along the way. Nspluginwrapper failed to install the latest flash because it was missing some necessary 32-bit libraries. Fortunately I found that the 32-bit binaries of OpenOffice and Adobe Reader provided the necessary libraries but they were not located in /usr/lib32. I didn't want to mess with the library path so I just symlinked the necessary libraries into /usr/lib32. I logged out and back in again and Flash 10 is working! I'll report back later so see how well this hack stands up and how well Flash 10 performs. If you want to try it out here are a couple of files you might want. Remember that this only works on 64 bit, you need nspluginwrapper, and you must have both the Adobe Reader binary and the OpenOffice binary installed.

This script will symlink the necessary libs into place. It needs to be given execute permission and run as root. Also the script is extremely dumb so check the output for failures:

symlink.sh

This ebuild is just a copy from portage but with a modified version number to get the latest beta released on August 11, 2008:

/usr/local/portage/net-www/netscape-flash/netscape-flash-10_beta20080811.ebuild

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A Linux blog to share any hints, tips, ebuilds, and insight I have picked up along the way. My interests mainly lie in security, photography, the web, and multimedia.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Extremely hacked Flash 10 on Gentoo

Flash has always been a problem for me on 64-bit linux. It works ok with Nspluginwrapper but is continually crashing or hanging the browser. It has even started to crash X lately which is just screwed up. So I decided to take Flash 10 beta for a test drive to see if anything is improved but I ran into some stumbling blocks along the way. Nspluginwrapper failed to install the latest flash because it was missing some necessary 32-bit libraries. Fortunately I found that the 32-bit binaries of OpenOffice and Adobe Reader provided the necessary libraries but they were not located in /usr/lib32. I didn't want to mess with the library path so I just symlinked the necessary libraries into /usr/lib32. I logged out and back in again and Flash 10 is working! I'll report back later so see how well this hack stands up and how well Flash 10 performs. If you want to try it out here are a couple of files you might want. Remember that this only works on 64 bit, you need nspluginwrapper, and you must have both the Adobe Reader binary and the OpenOffice binary installed.

This script will symlink the necessary libs into place. It needs to be given execute permission and run as root. Also the script is extremely dumb so check the output for failures:

symlink.sh

This ebuild is just a copy from portage but with a modified version number to get the latest beta released on August 11, 2008:

/usr/local/portage/net-www/netscape-flash/netscape-flash-10_beta20080811.ebuild

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