[Bug 173890] Re: flashplugin-nonfree fails to install... new version?

GICodeWarrior GICodeWarrior at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 19 21:22:02 UTC 2007

David Walker  wrote on 2007-12-17:
> Couldn't something be done to not use md5sums in the .deb file? Since we have
> no idea when Adobe may change the file, could there be a way to say, download
> the file 2 or 3 times and see if the sum is all the same. OR, have some
> dedicated machine somewhere that once-a-day downloads and generates the
> md5sum, which users can check against?

The md5sum check is not only to verify the integrity of the file.  It is
also to verify the version.

When the version changes, two things need to happen.  The package needs
to be updated to reflect the version change, so users are notified of
the available upgrade.  Also, the new version needs to be tested.

If the new version was automagically pushed, everyones flash
installations could be broken.

Perhaps a better route would be to ask Adobe to distribute the previous
versions of the plugin separately rather than in a massive tarball.  If
they had each version in a separate, numbered tarball each version of
the flash package could point directly to the proper version, and this
problem would go away.

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