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How do I replace the default debian 5 flash installation with the adobe version?

I enabled contrib and non-free repositories in the sources.list file. And installed flashplugin-nonfree.

Logged out and back in, firefox still uses the default one.

I tried removing swfdec-* but that asks for gnome to be removed as well.

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Try running update-flashplugin --install and see what the output is.

Also, look into /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins and perhaps you can manually remove something if all else fails.

What's in about:plugins ?

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update-alternatives --config will allow you to select which Flash plugin is used.

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