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on ubuntu 14.04 forefox won't play swf even though flash is installed. I tried editing the mime type file and updated the mime databse and still get nothing.

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A workaround for this is to edit /usr/share/mime/packages/freedesktop.org.xml

and change <mime-type type="application/vnd.adobe.flash.movie">

to <mime-type type="application/x-shockwave-flash">

Then run the command:

update-mime-database /usr/share/mime

This answer is quoted from answer in ubuntuforums

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