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    Error msg when updating

    I down loaded the latest version of Ubuntu about 30 days ago and now when ever I download new updates I get the following.

    E: flashplugin-nonfree:subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2.

    The just got this message when downloading updates to Firefox
    Not a total newbee, but confused never the less. What's missing?
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    Can you post the more of the error message like the 5 or 10 lines before it?
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    Re: Error msg when updating

    Partyboi2,
    Unfortunately, that's the only error message. The other item after downloading Hardy is that the default photo shop change to F-spot and now I can upload from my camera -
    "Error writing to port" pops up, I wonder if I shouldn't try to download Hardy again.

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    Post output here.

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    Thanks zvacet. Ran your code suggestion and received following error message

    Sorry the package"Flashplugin-nonfree 9.0.124.0 Ubuntu2" failed to install or upgrade.

    I have reported the error any thoughts on what to do next.

    Thanks
    cfishburn

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    In a terminal copy/paste:

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree
    If it gives you the same error or tells you that it is already installed:

    Code:
    sudo aptitude remove flashplugin-nonfree && sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    SkonesMickLoud,
    Thanks for the help.
    The following appears after running your first suggestion:

    Flash Plugin installed.
    update-alternatives: unable to make /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so.dpkg-tmp a symlink to /etc/alternatives/firefox-flashplugin: No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing flashplugin-nonfree (--configure):
    subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    flashplugin-nonfree
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states... Done
    Writing extended state information... Done
    Building tag database... Done

    Where to from here or do I ignore this
    cfishburn

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    Odd, I have the same plugin installed, yet I don't have an "/etc/alternatives/firefox-flashplugin" directory either. It seems that the installation is trying to find it.

    You could try:

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /etc/alternatives/firefox-flashplugin
    Then try again. Can't guarantee that this'll work though.

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    Re: Error msg when updating

    I've had this kind of problem once, try doing this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -f
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    Re: Error msg when updating

    StonesMickLoud,
    And the result is:

    cfishburn@ubuntu:~$ sudo mkdir /etc/alternatives/firefox-flashplugin
    mkdir: cannot create directory `/etc/alternatives/firefox-flashplugin': File exists

    Seems to me like end of road? I'll try iaculallad's suggestion.
    cfishurn

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