Making flash movies work with PulseAudio

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I've recently installed PulseAudio (why should I switch to it?), and suddenly all embedded flash movies (YouTube, for example), got muted (oh, well, my browsers also started crashing...). This post is about making those movies work with PulseAudio :)

This is not original content. The original author is `Mrbigshot08 <>`__ on, but I'm posting a more Debianist way to do what he explains.

  1. download the source package:

    $ wget
  2. install the needed packages to build a proper Debian package:

    # apt-get install devscripts pbuilder
  3. extract the source and cd into it:

    $ tar zxvf flashplugin-nonfree-pulse_0.1~000.tar.gz
    $ cd flashplugin-nonfree-pulse_0.1~000/
  4. satisfy the package dependencies:

    # /usr/lib/pbuilder/pbuilder-satisfydepends
  5. start the build:

    $ debuild
  6. if everything went fine, cd into the upper directory, and install the package:

    $ cd ..
    # dpkg -i flashplugin-nonfree-pulse_0.1~000_*.deb
  7. remove things we installed no more needed:

    # apt-get --purge remove devscripts pbuilder

Note that lines starting by $ *can be* run as a normal user, those starting with # *must* be run as root (or you can use sudo, if properly configured).

Also, time for some legalese bloat:

I do not take any responsibility for any problem this procedure might cause to your system / computer. These instructions are provided "AS IS", and any express or implied warranties are disclaimed. In no event shall I be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of these instructions, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

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