[ubuntu-uk] 64-bit flash plugin and iPlayer (Was 64 bit lucid install)

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at googlemail.com
Mon Apr 26 17:30:49 BST 2010

On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM, A J Binnie <gus.binnie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Simos,
> Thanks for your reply.
> On 26 April 2010 16:27, Simos Xenitellis <simos.lists at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Verify what you have at the moment, at 'about:plugins'.
>> With the latest 64-bit Flash from
>> http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/64bit.html
>> (follow link for 64-bit Linux version), you should have “Shockwave
>> Flash 10.0 r45”.
> Checked about:plugins in Firefox and Chromium and they both show up with the
> correct version.
>> You would normally dump libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
>> and Firefox will pick it up automatically when you restart it. That is,
>> sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
> Yup. I copied it to that location and did a search to see where else it
> might be. It came up with:
> /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer, and
> /opt/Adobe AIR/Versions/1.0/Resources
>> To verify whether a random 'libflashplayer.so' is 32 or 64 bit, run
>> ldd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
>> If it is 64-bit, it should show   /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2

This should be lots of output and a single line should be that one above.
You can use the command
ldd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so | grep lib64

which filters and shows you only any lines that have the 'lib64' string in them.

>> If it is 32-bit, it should show many references to 'lib32'.
> I got a page full of gobbledegook, so I'm assuming it's the latter
> situation! The frustrating thing is that I've copied the new file to all the
> locations that came up in the search.
> There is also a file called npwrapper.libflash.so, with various links to it
> - I'm thinking this might have something to do with it, but I'm not sure. If
> I decide to completely remove all flash-related stuff and start from
> scratch, is it safe to delete all these files?
> Everything worked out of the box with 32-bit versions, but 64-bit is doing
> my head in. Never let it be said that I don't like a challenge!!!

The proper way to remove the 32-bit flash is to remove the package
with "sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree". Some more tips at

Hope this helps,

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