I need feedback from Gentoo and Sabayon users about Flash
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:18:08 PM
As this issue currently seems very distro specific, could Gentoo and Sabayon user please step up and answer a few questions? Let me state from the on set, I am also interested in people who do have working Flash. One problem with most threads about any technical issue or bug is that (obviously) there aren't usually many people saying, "Hey it works perfectly for me!" and those that do say that don't usually give much information about their setups. I'd like this information as well, since it helps clarify the pattern and often gives some ideas about work arounds for the less fortunate. So if you have Flash working under Opera and use Gentoo or Sabayon (or another Gentoo derivative) please also answer these questions so that you can help your fellow users!
Before we begin please read my earlier blog post on Opera and Flash.
Ok, here are the questions I would like to know the answers to:
1. Does Flash work for you with Opera? If no, has Flash ever worked for you under Opera and what was the last good version (with build number if you know it). If it works in others browsers on the same system, which ones (include their version numbers)?
2. If Flash does work in Opera, did you have to do any special work around to get it running? If so what?
3. What version of Flash are you running (or trying to run), including the architecture of the plugin file itself?
If you installed Flash using native package tools you can obviously check this via equery. Otherwise if you can display Flash in some browser on your system, then this page will tell you your Flash version. You can double check the architecture of the plugin manually by running ldd against it and seeing if it depends on 32-bit or 64bit libs. Don't only go by clues in the path!
4. What is the Architecture of your system (32-bit or 64-Bit)?
5. Please provide details about your Window Manager/Desktop Environment, including the status of compositing (is it on or off).
6. What version of Opera are you running?
You could type the following to have Opera gather the detail for questions 4, 5 and 6 for you:
$ opera --full-version(or 'opera-next --full-version' if you run a development version)
7. What is your Graphics card?
If you are unsure then the following will probably tell you:
$ /sbin/lspci | grep -i vga
8. Which X driver are you running?
If you are unsure you can get hints but looking at /var/log/Xorg.0.log. You are looking for driver loading references. Also watch out for unloading, as sometimes a driver is loaded, then another and the first is unloaded. A command like this might help you narrow it down:
$ grep -i -e "loading.*drivers" -e unload /var/log/Xorg.0.log
Once you have the path and file name of the driver, you can then use equery to find out which package it is a part of and this will also give you the version number:
$ equery belongs path_to_driver
Thanks! Together I really hope we can get to the bottom of this.
9. Does the following work around the issue:
$ export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0 $ opera &