Flash plugin not detected after upgrade

After a recent upgrading of all packages on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine, which included upgrading to Firefox 19.0.2, Firefox could no longer find the Flash plugin. This was weird because:

  • Chrome did have the flash plugin and was working fine.
  • Package manager software said the flashplugin-installer package was installed.

But about:config showed no flash plugin and /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ contained no flash*.so file.

To resolve this I closed Firefox, then ran

sudo agt-get --reinstall install flashplugin-installer

After the install ran, flash was back.

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