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Printing from Flex applications on 'nix

If you install the (debug) Flash player from the Flex 3 beta (flex-sdk-3-beta-1/runtimes/player/lnx/install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz:/libflashplayer.so)
then you now get a print dialogue before the print actually happens !

Hurrah !

Didn't see that in the release notes, so it's a pleasant surprise. You still can't choose landscape (or not) modes though - it would be possible to set up two separate CUPS printers to get around that though.

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Debug Flash player for Linux

Hurrah ! According to this post by Matt Chotin (a principal Flex engineer at Adobe), a full-blown debug version of the Flash player will arrive for Linux at some point.

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Flash 9 player for linux

Matt Chotin said on FlexCoders:

Well, check with the next build [of the player],
it could be that the beta we put out had real problems.

Does this mean we can expect a 2nd beta of the linux plugin I wonder ?

One that maybe fixes the SIGSEGV crash during shutdown
(
#7 0xf5f3825e in NP_Shutdown ()
from /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.so
#8 0xf6da0df2 in XtAppProcessEvent () from /usr/X11R6/lib/libXt.so.6
) ?
I can't tell if this just because it's a 32-bit plugin in a 32-bit browser on
an otherwise 64-bit O/S or not, but it does occur on all three (2xSuSE 10.0 and one SuSE 10.1) boxes we tried. I've submitted it as a bug report too, but they are not publicly searchable and this is :-)

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Fedora Legacy 7.3 to Fedora Core 5 Migration

Here are the steps I am taking to move a fairly normal FL7.3 box to FC5.

  1. Shut down all services
  2. Disconnect from network
  3. Run total backup to alternative drive
  4. Use mysqldump to backup all mysql databases to text files (just in case)
  5. Dump Mailman mailing list subscriptions to text files.
  6. Boot from FC5 install media, tell it to update
  7. Reboot (In my case, reboot using FC5 rescue mode and update grub and kernel images on boot HD to match the new ones on live HD, then reboot)
  8. Check new configs for all services
  9. Bring services back up one by one and watch their logs
  10. Update 3rd party installs of Drupal (minor version by minor version, plugins disabled during update), Horde
  11. Reconnect to network and watch logs for public services
  12. Test, test, test

As things happen and I discover or fix things, I'll update things. For those of you reading on LJ, check the main site for updates.

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Install Flex2 Charting with the SDK on Linux

As the Adobe doc's are a bit thin on the ground here, this is how to install the optional Charting stuff into a local install of the Flex 2 SDK.

  1. Download and unzip the Charting stuff from http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flex. You want the 16 meg 'Windows' one. Ignore that :-)
  2. Run the installer from the command line and answer the question (where is the SDK) when it asks you: java -jar /tmp/Flex\ Charting/flex_charting_2_installer.jar
  3. ...
  4. Profit !
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