[Bug 1778041] Re: browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash broken

Gunnar Hjalmarsson 1778041 at bugs.launchpad.net
Wed Aug 15 12:03:07 UTC 2018

Hi Robie,

Addressing that makes sense, I suppose. Not sure, though, which kind of
d/control entries you have in mind, considering that they are not
replaced by anything.

Please note that browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash is not built on
all architectures, so in that case we may want to handle those in a
similar way.

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  browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash broken

Status in freshplayerplugin package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Committed
Status in freshplayerplugin source package in Xenial:
  In Progress
Status in freshplayerplugin source package in Bionic:
  Fix Committed
Status in freshplayerplugin package in Debian:

Bug description:

  browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash prevents sites which require
  Flash from working with the latest versions of Firefox. If you select
  "Ask to Activate" in FF, the contents requiring Flash is not shown. If
  you select "Always Activate", the tab with the page requiring Flash
  simply crashes.

  Issue identified via <https://askubuntu.com/q/1048357>. A "no change
  rebuild" does not help.

  The proposed version in the PPA fixes the issue, so the wrapper works
  as intended also with the latest FF version.


  This suggests an upgrade to a newer upstream version. This is the
  upstream changelog:

  2017-12-23  Rinat Ibragimov  <ibragimovrinat at mail.ru>

   * release v0.3.9
   * network: stop using files with NPN_PostURL

  2017-12-09  Rinat Ibragimov  <ibragimovrinat at mail.ru>

   * release: v0.3.8
   * misc: add NPN_PluginThreadAsyncCall emulation for Firefox 58

  2017-05-31  Rinat Ibragimov  <ibragimovrinat at mail.ru>

   * release: v0.3.7
   * graphics: add more fullscreen _NET_WM controls
   * misc: drop libpdf wrapper
   * misc: drop NaCl wrapper
   * misc: search for PepperFlash in Chrome component update

  2016-10-05  Rinat Ibragimov  <ibragimovrinat at mail.ru>

   * release: v0.3.6
   * graphics: fix off-by-one pixel issue in fullscreen scaling
   * graphics: try to flicker less
   * misc: use ICU for character set conversion, use WhatWG
   canonical encoding name conversion
   * misc: guess default character encoding from locale name
   * misc: guess GTK+ major version at run time

  Admittedly it includes a few minor improvements, but hopefully this
  can still pass as an SRUable microrelease (or something...).

  [Test Case]

  1. Install adobe-flashplugin and the {xenial,bionic}-release
     version of browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash.

  2. (Re)start Firefox and visit

  => Find that it doesn't confirm that Flash is installed.

  3. Install browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash from

  4. Repeat 2.

  => Confirmation that the latest Flash version is installed.

  [Regression Potential]

  Considering that the {xenial,bionic}-release version of
  browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash breaks Flash completely on
  Firefox, the risk that this upload makes the situation worse is

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