I have had this "Failed to download package files" window popping up regarding flashplugin-installer for a long time now. I have tried "sudo apt-get remove --purge flashplugin installer" and then installing it again etc. to no avail, the window always pops back up and there is no libflashplayer.so anywhere. Apt-get says: flashplugin-installer: downloading http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_11.2.202.310.orig.tar.gz

Which does not seem to exist. Weirdly apt-get does not give off any errors when installing flashplugin-installer even though that file seems non-existant and the installation seems to fail since I get no libflashplayer.so anywhere. I have tried apt-get update but it does not help.

Why is apt-get trying to download a non-existant file and how can I fix this? I'd rather not install flash outside the package manager.

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10.


I was having the same problem. I searched for an apt-cache query and went for a sudo apt install apt-cache search adobe-flash

The query returned with a row about adobe flash plugin 11

so I went ahead and

sudo apt-get install <relevant row>

Worked fine for me.

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  • Can't see anything related to "adobe-flash". There was a flashplugin-downloader (instead of installer) but it does not seem to work either. – Dago Jan 20 '14 at 16:15
  • How do I upload an image file from my system to this forum? Then I could share my query screen-shot with you and maybe we could work something out. – ubuntu_noob Jan 21 '14 at 18:00
  • Meanwhile while I try to upload the image, try going for sudo apt-get autoremove followed by sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. I remember, using purge instead of remove once, following that event whenever I tried to upgrade or update, my system returned errors and I was unable to download any more. After the update+upgrade event, try downloading again (using both aptitude and manual methods) and check if u have some luck looking forward to it. – ubuntu_noob Jan 21 '14 at 19:28
  • This is what I get when I go for apt-cache search. !term_shot – ubuntu_noob Jan 21 '14 at 20:09

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