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Thread: Install Fails On Ubuntu 8.10 With "Failed to determine plug-in path"

  1. #1
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    Jul 2006
    Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Unhappy Install Fails On Ubuntu 8.10 With "Failed to determine plug-in path"


    Well, I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to Ubuntu 8.10.

    Then I tried running this script and here is what I get:

    will@will-linux:~$ -a install -p firefox
    Welcome to the Ubuntuzilla Firefox script version 4.5.4
    This script installs the latest release of the official Mozilla build of Firefox on Ubuntu Linux. If you run into any problems using this script, or have feature requests, suggestions, or general comments, please visit our website at 
    Retrieving the version of the latest release of Firefox from the Mozilla website...
    The most recent release of Firefox is detected to be 3.0.3. Please make sure this is correct before proceeding. (You can confirm by going to
    If no version number shows, if the version shown is not the latest, or if you would like to install an older release, press 'n', and you'll be given the option to enter the version manually. Otherwise, press 'y', and proceed with installation. [y/n]? 
    Please enter 'y' or 'n': y
    Retrieving list of available localizations for Firefox ...
    Please choose the localization (language) for Firefox. Enter the number of your choice from the list below. [If you do not see a list of localizations, please check the help section of our website at for steps you can take to resolve this problem.]
      0. af           1. ar           2. be           3. bn-IN     
      4. ca           5. cs           6. da           7. de        
      8. el           9. en-GB       10. en-US       11. es-AR     
     12. es-ES       13. eu          14. fi          15. fr        
     16. fy-NL       17. ga-IE       18. gl          19. gu-IN     
     20. he          21. hi-IN       22. hu          23. id        
     24. is          25. it          26. ja          27. ka        
     28. kn          29. ko          30. ku          31. lt        
     32. mk          33. mn          34. mr          35. nb-NO     
     36. nl          37. nn-NO       38. pa-IN       39. pl        
     40. pt-BR       41. pt-PT       42. ro          43. ru        
     44. si          45. sk          46. sl          47. sq        
     48. sr          49. sv-SE       50. te          51. th        
     52. tr          53. uk          54. zh-CN       55. zh-TW     
    Enter your choice of localization (integer, from 0 to 55): 10
    You have chosen localization en-US. Is that correct [y/n]? 
    Please enter 'y' or 'n': y
    [sudo] password for will: 
    Get:1 intrepid Release.gpg [189B]
    Ign intrepid/main Translation-en_US              
    Ign intrepid/restricted Translation-en_US        
    Ign intrepid/universe Translation-en_US          
    Ign intrepid/multiverse Translation-en_US        
    Get:2 intrepid-updates Release.gpg [189B]        
    Ign intrepid-updates/main Translation-en_US      
    Ign intrepid-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign intrepid-updates/universe Translation-en_US  
    Ign intrepid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Get:3 intrepid-security Release.gpg [189B]       
    Ign intrepid-security/main Translation-en_US     
    Ign intrepid-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign intrepid-security/universe Translation-en_US 
    Ign intrepid-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Get:4 intrepid Release [65.9kB]                  
    Ign intrepid Release.gpg                              
    Ign intrepid/main Translation-en_US                   
    Get:5 intrepid-updates Release [44.0kB]       
    Hit intrepid Release.gpg                
    Ign intrepid/partner Translation-en_US  
    Get:6 intrepid-security Release [44.0kB]         
    Hit intrepid Release.gpg                         
    Get:7 intrepid/main Packages [1256kB]            
    Ign intrepid Release.gpg                              
    Ign intrepid/main Translation-en_US                   
    Get:8 intrepid Release [27.6kB]                       
    Hit intrepid Release                              
    Get:9 intrepid Release [27.6kB]                       
    Hit intrepid/partner Packages                     
    Ign intrepid/free Translation-en_US             
    Ign intrepid/main Packages                           
    Ign intrepid/main Sources                             
    Hit intrepid/partner Sources                      
    Ign intrepid/main Packages                            
    Ign intrepid/main Sources                             
    Hit intrepid/main Packages                            
    Ign intrepid/non-free Translation-en_US
    Hit intrepid/main Sources      
    Hit intrepid/main Packages                            
    Hit intrepid/main Sources                             
    Get:10 intrepid/restricted Packages [8408B]      
    Get:11 intrepid/main Sources [505kB]
    Get:12 intrepid/restricted Sources [3113B]       
    Get:13 intrepid/universe Packages [4542kB]
    Hit intrepid Release                            
    Get:14 intrepid/free Packages [3518B]
    Hit intrepid/non-free Packages                   
    Hit intrepid/free Sources                        
    Hit intrepid/non-free Sources
    Get:15 intrepid/universe Sources [1981kB]        
    Get:16 intrepid/multiverse Packages [199kB]      
    Get:17 intrepid/multiverse Sources [95.8kB]      
    Get:18 intrepid-updates/main Packages [723B]     
    Get:19 intrepid-updates/restricted Packages [14B]
    Get:20 intrepid-updates/main Sources [488B]      
    Get:21 intrepid-updates/restricted Sources [14B] 
    Get:22 intrepid-updates/universe Packages [14B]  
    Get:23 intrepid-updates/universe Sources [14B]   
    Get:24 intrepid-updates/multiverse Packages [14B]
    Get:25 intrepid-updates/multiverse Sources [14B] 
    Get:26 intrepid-security/main Packages [723B]    
    Get:27 intrepid-security/restricted Packages [14B]
    Get:28 intrepid-security/main Sources [488B]     
    Get:29 intrepid-security/restricted Sources [14B]
    Get:30 intrepid-security/universe Packages [14B] 
    Get:31 intrepid-security/universe Sources [14B]  
    Get:32 intrepid-security/multiverse Packages [14B]
    Get:33 intrepid-security/multiverse Sources [14B]
    Fetched 8751kB in 11s (779kB/s)                                                
    Reading package lists... Done
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    firefox is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      blubuntu-gdm-theme tango-icon-theme blubuntu-wallpapers
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Backing up old Firefox preferences
    Retrieving package name for Firefox ...
    Success!: firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2
    Downloading Firefox archive from the Mozilla site
    --2008-10-31 17:30:53--
               => `firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2'
    Resolving,,, ...
    Connecting to||:21... connected.
    Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
    ==> SYST ... done.    ==> PWD ... done.
    ==> TYPE I ... done.  ==> CWD /pub/ ... done.
    ==> SIZE firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2 ... 9088358
    ==> PASV ... done.    ==> RETR firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2 ... done.
    Length: 9088358 (8.7M)
    100%[======================================>] 9,088,358    839K/s   in 11s     
    2008-10-31 17:31:05 (818 KB/s) - `firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2' saved [9088358]
    Downloading Firefox signature from the Mozilla site
    --2008-10-31 17:31:05--
               => `firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2.asc'
    Resolving,,, ...
    Connecting to||:21... failed: Connection refused.
    Connecting to||:21... connected.
    Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
    ==> SYST ... done.    ==> PWD ... done.
    ==> TYPE I ... done.  ==> CWD /pub/ ... done.
    ==> SIZE firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2.asc ... 186
    ==> PASV ... done.    ==> RETR firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2.asc ... done.
    Length: 186
    100%[======================================>] 186         --.-K/s   in 0.009s  
    2008-10-31 17:31:06 (19.8 KB/s) - `firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2.asc' saved [186]
    gpg: error reading key: public key not found
    gpg --list-keys --with-colons 0E3606D9
    Mozilla GPG key not present on the system. Will attempt to retrieve from keyserver.
    Process returned code 2
    Importing Mozilla Software Releases public key
    Note that if you have never used gpg before on this system, and this is your first time running this script, there may be a delay of about a minute during the generation of a gpg keypair. This is normal and expected behavior.
    gpg: requesting key 0E3606D9 from hkp server
    gpg: requesting key 812347DD from hkp server
    gpg: key 0E3606D9: public key "Mozilla Software Releases <>" imported
    gpg: key 812347DD: public key "Mozilla Software Releases <>" imported
    gpg: no ultimately trusted keys found
    gpg: Total number processed: 2
    gpg:               imported: 2
    Successfully retrieved Mozilla Software Releases Public key from .
    Verifying signature...
    Note: do not worry about "untrusted key" warnings. That is normal behavior for newly imported keys.
    gpg: Signature made Fri 26 Sep 2008 03:37:53 AM EDT using DSA key ID 17785FE8
    gpg: Good signature from "Mozilla Software Releases <>"
    gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
    gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
    Primary key fingerprint: 8D6F 1BA4 A340 4DDB 3F2F  D080 7447 4499 8123 47DD
         Subkey fingerprint: 3338 E6BA FF10 3B3D A6A9  E424 B57B 5484 1778 5FE8
    sudo dpkg -L firefox |egrep 'firefox(-[0-9]\.[0-9]+[a-z][0-9]+)?/plugins$'
    Failed to determine plugin path. Exiting.
    Process returned code 1
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 1106, in <module>
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 209, in start
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 236, in start
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 546, in install
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 714, in linkPlugins
        self.pluginPath = self.util.getSystemOutput(executionstring="sudo dpkg -L " + self.aptPackage + " |egrep 'firefox(-[0-9]\.[0-9]+[a-z][0-9]+)?/plugins$'", errormessage="Failed to determine plugin path. Exiting.")
      File "/usr/local/bin/", line 118, in getSystemOutput
        raise SystemCommandExecutionError, "Command has not completed successfully. If this problem persists, please seek help at our website, " + self.version.url
    __main__.SystemCommandExecutionError: Command has not completed successfully. If this problem persists, please seek help at our website,
    Simple enough to fix..

    gksudo gedit /usr/local/bin/
    Replace Line 711 with:

    if'8\.04||8\.10', issue) != None:
    Take Care,

    Last edited by war59312; October 31st, 2008 at 11:16 PM. Reason: Simple Fix! :)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Re: Install Fails On Ubuntu 8.10 With "Failed to determine plug-in path"

    Thanks for the post!
    I have made an updated release (v 4.5.5) fixing this issue.
    See project site for downloads.

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