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Bug 624076 - x11-misc/shared-mime-info-1.8 causes all browsers to stop opening .swf files
Summary: x11-misc/shared-mime-info-1.8 causes all browsers to stop opening .swf files
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Freedesktop bugs
: 590612 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-07-07 07:16 UTC by Pacho Ramos
Modified: 2018-04-03 12:17 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2017-07-07 07:16:42 UTC
This has been reported on many different distributions, it seems that since this change:

Browsers like firefox and chromium are unable to play .swf videos but, instead, they try to download the file but, then, I cannot find any application ready to open them :/

You can see people are workarounding  this issue reverting the change:

The problem is that shared-mime-info upstream refuses to revert it because that definition is the "correct" one, but, as none of the major browsers are playing with it, I think we should revert it downstream until it is solved in mozilla/chrome sides... something that doesn't seem to occur soon as they are aware of the bugs for years and still no action :|
Comment 1 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2017-07-07 07:19:57 UTC
I cannot add chromium bug in See also... I leave it here then:
Comment 2 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2017-12-16 12:56:54 UTC
*** Bug 590612 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2018-02-26 08:50:39 UTC
Well, I would apply this reversion even with a USE flag because shared-mime-info doesn't want to revert it blaming in "broken browser"... since that "broken browsers" are Firefox and Google Chrome and they also know the issue but doesn't fix the issue... I think we should do this downtream instead of trying to follow shared-mime-info upstream strategy of breaking this on purpose to force browsers to change and, meantime, causing all of us to rely on ugly hacks like editing this manually :S
Comment 4 Pacho Ramos gentoo-dev 2018-04-03 12:17:10 UTC
I don't know if rely on a "vanilla" USE flag or something more explicit like "flash-workaround" :/