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magic formulas for Firefox plugins

First it was necessary to update to Firefox 3.6 to get the Flash plugin to work with the Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 64 bit system. That required adding a repository to apt’s list and applying a magic formula

In order to get that version of Firefox enabled, I had to remove the older version. Then, OK, Flash works.

But Java doesn’t.

The Java plugin got lost on the Firefox upgrade and a reinstall didn’t do the job. – search the net. find Allan Willems Joergensen who suggests
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/lib/amd64/ 50

These kinds of suggestions are one way to find out about some nifty things in the OS. Doing a ‘man update-alternatives’ brings up an interesting description about Debian’s method for handling multiple alternative resources with a common name for different needs. In this case, update-alternatives set up the proper plugin file as the Firefox 3.6 java plugin by putting links with the proper names in the proper places in a way that the system could keep track and maintain them.

Now it works. Flash and Java. That means time for an upgrade must be getting near as too many things are working as designed and it is time for a whole new set of puzzles.

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