Ubuntu – How to stop “Failure to download extra data files” error with pepflashplugininstaller


Am running Chromium on 13.04. For the last few days every morning I get a notification that says "Failure to download extra data files." The dialog box specifically indicates pepflashplugin-installer and has a prompt "run this action now."

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If I run the action, no complaints. At some point, the dialog will return. If I run the the installer from the CLI, my system tells me that I already have the latest version.

I read elsewhere to try this:

sudo rm -f /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/flashplugin-installer.failed

This doesn't stop the notification from reappearing.

I've also tried, but the notification immediately reappears:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install flashplugin-installer

Best Answer

I removed the flashplugin-installer and reinstalled it using these steps: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/install-pepper-flash-player-for.html

This is what I did:

sudo apt-get remove  flashplugin-installer
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skunk/pepper-flash
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pepflashplugin-installer

Then check that chromium uses Pepper Flash Player.

sudo vim /etc/chromium-browser/default

The last line in default needs to read

. /usr/lib/pepflashplugin-installer/pepflashplayer.sh

If not, add it to the file.

Here's what my default file reads:

# Default settings for chromium-browser. This file is sourced by /bin/sh from
# /usr/bin/chromium-browser

# Options to pass to chromium-browser
. /usr/lib/pepflashplugin-installer/pepflashplayer.sh

That's it. I didn't get bothered by that error anymore.