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

Jim jwyllie83 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 17:42:45 UTC 2008

> The content available from Adobe is going to change.  Either Ubuntu has
> to be timely in getting updated packages with an updated MD5SUM, to
> detect file corruption from the transfer, whenever Adobe updates the
> download, or change the approach.  Some options that come to mind: (a)
> skip the MD5SUM check, (b) download the MD5SUM from Adobe, or (c) work
> with Adobe on a signed download.  One would still want to push out a new
> package when Adobe revs Flash to cause users to refetch from the URL
> (and to handle any dependency updates), but the package should otherwise
> be less dependent on the download from Adobe, since it would no longer
> have an embedded checksum.

The md5sum on our end is pretty important, actually: we *want* to know 
when the content changes, and then not work until it's QA'd to not cause 
major problems.  Getting the MD5 from them doesn't really fix that. 
Because we used our own md5's here, we were able to detect a version 
change, figure out it didn't work on Konqueror, and then decide what to 
do next.  If not, konqueror would just explode randomly and we'd have to 
track down why.

The best solution that we can actually hope for is versioned downloads 
from Adobe.  That one might actually happen if enough people complain. 
Then we can split up who gets what file if necessary; this would have 
solved the problems we had with this bug.

Barring that, the current solution is probably best.  This would have 
been an overnight fix if Konqueror wasn't broken, which isn't so bad. 
And I'd rather talk about what to do about Konqueror and decide to break 
it than have it broken for us without any input  :)

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