I've got Flash 11.2 beta in a tar.gz file. I'm new to Linux and I don't know what I'm doing. How can I install it?


Remove the old flash (if necessary)

sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-installer

Extract the contents

tar xvf flashplayer11-2_p3_install_lin_32_122011.tar.gz 

Copy the library

sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Restart firefox

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  • You are most welcome, reverse those steps if the beta is unstable. – Panther Dec 27 '11 at 0:05

The .tar.gz part of the filename says that the file is a "Tape ARchive" compressed with gzip. man tar should help.

To view the contents of the archive:

tar tzvf <filename>.tar.gz

And, to extract the files into the current directory:

tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz

Then, read the files in the extracted directory named in all uppercase, probably called INSTALL, README*, LICENSE, etc, and follow the directions contained in them.

If you would specify the file you're trying to install, you probably could get more detailed help.

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  • this is the name of the file flashplayer11-2_p3_install_lin_32_122011.tar.gz – عدنان Adnaan مخمود Mahmood Dec 26 '11 at 23:37
  • The flash player is distributed as a binary. – Panther Dec 26 '11 at 23:41

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