The installation of pepperflashplugin-nonfree for instance using the command

apt-get install --reinstall pepperflashplugin-nonfree

fails with the error message:

mv: cannot evaluate 'unpackchrome/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so': No file or folder of this type
  • @Android Dev thanks for the edit, I was looking for that :-) Oct 12, 2016 at 22:16
  • For instructions installing flash see this answer.
    – Mike
    Nov 22, 2016 at 18:18
  • @Mike I would recommend installing Flash with the package adobe-flashplugin instead, this way Flash is automatically updated. Nov 22, 2016 at 18:26

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The package pepperflashplugin-nonfree downloads the Chrome for Linux Debian package (.deb) from Google and extracts the Flash PPAPI plugin (libpepflashplayer.so) to make it available to other browsers system-wide.

The package pepperflashplugin-nonfree is broken since Google changed the method of distribution of the Flash plugin with Chrome 54 for Linux; libpepflashplayer.so is not directly bundled in the Debian package anymore.

A bug report is available on Launchpad.

Since the Flash plugin is often affected by critical vulnerabilities and pepperflashplugin-nonfree currenlty fails to update the plugin, pepperflashplugin-nonfree should not be used anymore and either adobe-flashplugin from Canonical Partner or no Flash plugin at all should be used.

If you use Flash you can check the version of your Flash plugin on this support page on the Adobe website.

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    Hmm.. People should be advised to install adobe-flashplugin from Canonical Partner instead. If adobe-flashplugin hadn't been in Canonical Partner (not enabled by default), the pepperflashplugin-nonfree package could have been converted to a transitional dummy package. Oct 12, 2016 at 22:29
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    I added some background information and a hint about adobe-flashplugin. Oct 12, 2016 at 23:55
  • I'm a little confused. Ubuntu just updated my Chrome but I haven't rebooted yet. Chrome settings says I'm on Version 53.0.2785.143 (64-bit). Are you saying when I reboot and reload Chrome it will be 54 and my flash player would be broken, so I should downgrade the package? (October 12, 6pm MST). Oct 13, 2016 at 0:13
  • From what I saw the Chrome 54 Debian package removes the Flash plugin from your system libraries and Chrome 54 will download the current version of the plugin to your home folder the first time you will load some Flash content. The details are on Launchpad. Oct 13, 2016 at 0:20
  • @StéphaneTréboux So it didn't actually happen to you, you're posting the bug report? I know chromium had problems before but I'm using Chrome. Is that what you are referring to? Oct 13, 2016 at 0:20

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