on software updates

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Thu Feb 5 14:25:41 UTC 2015

On 05/02/15 14:21, Casey Jao wrote:

> Ignoring the fact that Flash player is not updated by the system package
> manager, Flash player is an example of a non-leaf package whose updates
> could affect other applications.
> But in this case, it would seem much less disruptive to prompt the user
> to restart their browser. Unlike rebooting the whole system, that can be
> done quickly and with no loss of state.

The problem is that you also have to delete pluginreg.dat from the 
firefox profile directory, or firefox will continue to think you have 
the old flash installed even after you restart it.

It's basically because the plugin is being updated by yum behind 
firefox's back - if it went through the normal plugin update scheme 
inside firefox then pluginreg.dat would be updated.


Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)

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