proposal for handbook update - please review

platanthera platanthera at
Fri May 7 14:20:41 PDT 2004

i'd like to contribute 2 subsections to the web browser section of the FreeBSD 
handbook, one describing the use of linuxpluginwrapper for flash6 with 
konqueror and mozilla and friends, the other about plugger. 
Could you please have a look at them and give me some feedback? Is there 
something important missing or incorrect?
I'm 'only' using konqueror and firefox on FreBSD 5.2.1 - any special tricks 
for the other browsers? Are there other differences then the libmap.conf(5) 
setup between 4.x and 5.x?



  15.2.3 Linuxpluginwrapper enables Flash6 support for Konqueror and Mozilla

   As an alternative to the www/flashpluginwrapper port which installs the
   Linux Flash5 plugin as dependency, you may install www/linuxpluginwrapper
   which depends on www/linux-flashplugin6 and print/acroread.

     Note: Linuxpluginwrapper requires Linux compatibility to be enabled.

     Note: You cannot have installed www/flashpluginwrapper and
     www/linuxpluginwrapper at the same time. Mozilla users who had
     previously installed www/flashpluginwrapper need to remove

 export LD_PRELOAD

     from their browser startup scripts.

     Note: To use Flash6 with Konqueror you need either FreeBSD 4.x from
     February 5th 2004 or newer (4.9-RELEASE and prior releases do NOT work)
     or FreeBSD 5.1 or newer.

   After having installed the www/linuxpluginwrapper port you need to set up
   libmap.conf (5). The required configuration depends on whether you are
   running FreeBSD 4.x or 5.x.

   To enable Flash for Konqueror and for Mozilla and other gecko based web
   browsers on a 5.x system, /etc/libmap.conf should include the following

 # Flash6 with Konqueror
 [/opt/mozilla/plugins/]                 pluginwrapper/                      pluginwrapper/                                                 pluginwrapper/

 # Flash6 with Mozilla/Firebird/Galeon/Epiphany
 [/usr/local/lib/linux-flashplugin6/]                 pluginwrapper/                      pluginwrapper/                                                 pluginwrapper/

   To create a sample configuration to start with you can do

 # cd /var/db/pkg  && pkg_info -D linuxpluginwrapper* > /etc/libmap.conf

   Konqueror expects plugins to reside in /opt/mozilla/plugins/ by default.
   You can either copy and flashplayer.xpt from
   /usr/local/lib/linux-flashplugin6/ to /opt/mozilla/plugins/ or you may
   configure Konqueror to look for plugins in
   /usr/local/lib/linux-flashplugin6/ and adjust /etc/libmap.conf

   Have a look at the Konqueror & Flash HowTo at


  15.2.4 Plugger enables additional plugins for Mozilla

   The www/plugger port provides a multimedia plugin for Mozilla that handles
   various audio, video and document formats. plugger(7) is a small plugin,
   which uses external programs to show or play the different formats.

   For instance, you may choose to install the www/mplayer-plugin port to
   play various audio and video formats. By default, this port uses
   www/mozilla for gecko support. You can change this by defining
   WITH_MOZILLA as ``firefox'', ``mozilla-devel'', ``mozilla-gtk1'' or ``
   mozilla-devel-gtk1'' at build time. www/mplayer-plugin depends on
   multimedia/mplayer which gets installed automatically if necessary. If you
   decide to build and install it seperately, you can make use of its build
   options. Have a look at Section and

   Check the Plugger homepage for a detailed list of supported file formats
   and the required helper applications. Additionally, there are testing
   grounds to see your new plugins in action.


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