Bug#784356: iceweasel: OpenH264 plugin constantly reports that it "will be installed shortly"

Thibaut Renaux thibaut.renaux at gmail.com
Tue May 5 18:09:37 UTC 2015

Package: iceweasel
Version: 37.0.2-1
Severity: normal

On a new, clean profile, the Plugins section of about:addons lists the
"OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco Systems, Inc." with a yellow
background, and indicates "Will be installed shortly".

However, restarting Iceweasel (or the whole computer, for that matter) does not
result in the plugin changing state.

Changing between "Always activate" and "Never activate" does not seem to have
any effect either.

about:plugins lists the plugin, though it does not indicate any file, path
(both empty) or version (reported as being "null").

There doesn't seem to be any way to remove the plugin from the list, or
completely disable it.

-- Package-specific info:

-- Extensions information
Name: Default theme
Location: /usr/lib/iceweasel/browser/extensions/{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
Package: iceweasel
Status: enabled

-- Plugins information
Name: Java(TM) Plug-in 11.40.2 (11.40.2)
Location: /usr/lib/jvm/jdk-8-oracle-x64/jre/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so
Package: oracle-java8-jdk
Status: enabled

Name: Shockwave Flash (
Location: /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so
Status: enabled

Name: Shockwave for Director (
Location: /usr/lib/pipelight/libpipelight-shockwave.so
Status: enabled

Name: Silverlight Plug-In (5.1.30514.0)
Location: /usr/lib/pipelight/libpipelight-silverlight5.1.so
Status: enabled

Name: Unity Player (
Location: /usr/lib/pipelight/libpipelight-unity3d.so
Status: enabled

-- Addons package information
ii  iceweasel      37.0.2-1     amd64        Web browser based on Firefox
ii  oracle-java8-j 8u40         amd64        Java™ Platform, Standard Editio

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages iceweasel depends on:
ii  debianutils               4.5
ii  fontconfig                2.11.0-6.3
ii  libasound2                1.0.28-1
ii  libatk1.0-0               2.14.0-1
ii  libc6                     2.19-18
ii  libcairo2                 1.14.0-2.1
ii  libdbus-1-3               1.8.16-1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2          0.102-1
ii  libevent-2.0-5            2.0.21-stable-2
ii  libffi6                   3.1-2+b2
ii  libfontconfig1            2.11.0-6.3
ii  libfreetype6              2.5.2-4
ii  libgcc1                   1:5.1.1-4
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0        2.31.1-2+b1
ii  libglib2.0-0              2.44.0-2
ii  libgtk2.0-0               2.24.25-3
ii  libhunspell-1.3-0         1.3.3-3
ii  libnspr4                  2:4.10.8-1
ii  libnss3                   2:3.17.2-1.1
ii  libpango-1.0-0            1.36.8-3
ii  libsqlite3-0              3.8.9-2
ii  libstartup-notification0  0.12-4
ii  libstdc++6                5.1.1-4
ii  libvpx1                   1.3.0-3
ii  libx11-6                  2:1.6.3-1
ii  libxcomposite1            1:0.4.4-1
ii  libxdamage1               1:1.1.4-2+b1
ii  libxext6                  2:1.3.3-1
ii  libxfixes3                1:5.0.1-2+b2
ii  libxrender1               1:0.9.8-1+b1
ii  libxt6                    1:1.1.4-1+b1
ii  procps                    2:3.3.9-9
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

Versions of packages iceweasel recommends:
ii  gstreamer1.0-libav         1:1.4.5-dmo1
ii  gstreamer1.0-plugins-good  1.4.4-2

Versions of packages iceweasel suggests:
pn  fonts-mathjax          <none>
pn  fonts-oflb-asana-math  <none>
pn  fonts-stix | otf-stix  <none>
ii  libcanberra0           0.30-2.1
ii  libgnomeui-0           2.24.5-3
ii  libgssapi-krb5-2       1.12.1+dfsg-19
pn  mozplugger             <none>

-- no debconf information

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