Bug#712712: gnash: Doesn't play YouTube's video of RMS singing the Free Software Song (or any other)

Kingsley G. Morse Jr. kingsley at loaner.com
Sat Oct 5 02:04:47 UTC 2013

Hi Gabriele,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

It's interesting that gnash plays all YouTube
videos for you.

I followed your step by step instructions, more or
less exactly.

The good news?

RMS's Free Software Song played.

The bad news?

Right clicking on the video popped open a menu that
said it was in HTML5.

It's nice to be able to watch HTML5, but I found a
video (of world renowned sociologist, Al Bundy)
that YouTube still served as flash at


The first video frame and progress bar were still
eventually rendered, but, like before, left
clicking on the play arrow only causes the
progress bar to creep rightward, without playing
the video.

Right clicking on the video pops open a gnash

If you happen to have the time, and are so
inclined, I'd be interested in 

1.) what happens when you try to play


2.) and whether you'd like the big log file now.


On 10/05/13 00:42, Gabriele Giacone wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM, Kingsley G. Morse Jr.
> <kingsley at loaner.com> wrote:
> > I enabled gnash's logging.
> >
> > The log file is 1.2 GB, or 20 MB compressed.
> >
> > Two questions:
> >
> > 1.) Can gnash play RMS singing the Free Software
> >     Song at
> >         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sJUDx7iEJw
> >     for you?
> It plays it fine for me like all other youtube movies.
> > 2.) What would you think of me emailing the
> >     compressed log file to you?
> First try:
> close browser
> $ sudo apt-get install xul-ext-flashblock xul-ext-adblock-plus # extensions
> $ mkdir trashme && mv ~/.gnash* trashme
> start browser

Time is the fire in which we all burn.

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