installing flashplayer 10.1 debugger on linux 64bits

Player 10.1 beta 3 was released on February 23, 2010.

If you want to install the debugger version of this release on a 64 bits Linux box you have to install a current 64-bits non-debugger version first.

After that you can replace the installed libflashplayer.so by a 32 bits debugger version of this file.

This also applies if you want to install the debugger version of the current release, see note2 below.

This is how i did it on 64bits Kubuntu 9.10:

First install the non-debugger non-free version:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Check if the flashplayer is installed by typing about:plugins in the address bar of your browser. You should see something like:

flashplugin-kubuntu-non-debug

The installer should have made a folder /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/, go into this folder by typing:

cd /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/

In this folder you’ll find libflashplayer.so, this is the 64bits non-debug version. You are going to replace this version by the 32bits 10.1 beta release debugger version, so in order not to loose this file lets rename it:

mv libflashplayer.so libflashplayer.non-debug-64

Now download the 10.1 beta 3 version from adobe into your tmp directory:

cd /tmp
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10_1_p3_debug_linux_022310.tar.gz

Untar the tar ball:

tar xvzf flashplayer10_1_p3_debug_linux_022310.tar.gz

Now you should find a file libflashplayer.so in your tmp directory, this is the 32 bits debugger version. Move it to the flashplugin-installer directory. You have to be superuser to get this done:

sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so

Now the debugger version is installed! Type about:plugins in the address bar of your browser and you should see something like:

flashplugin-kubuntu-debugger

Note1: Firefox shows both the non-debugger version and the debugger version. Sometimes you have to scroll down to the bottom of the about:plugins page to see the debugger version listed.

Note2: You can follow the same steps as described above if you want to install the current version of the flashplayer debugger version. You can download this version from the adobe site.

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