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Fedora 11 (Leonidas) and Adobe AIR

As is to be expected with installing or upgrading any operating system, there might be a few speed bumps along the road. I recently updated one of my laptops to run the latest Fedora 11, Leonidas, and have been spending time re-installing software that I want to use. One thing that I ended up using quite a bit was Adobe AIR with Tweetdeck, a Twitter client.  Adobe is kind enough to provide an Adobe AIR for Linux.

Installing Adobe AIR should be relatively trivial, but I ran into some roadblocks that you might be experiencing, and had some recollection of my experience with F10, so I thought I’d post them here.

  1. Run the installer as the root user or with sudo
  2. I found in several sources that creating a ~/.airinstall.log file will output the (inevitable) error messages in (somewhat) greater detail somewhere
  3. If you get such errors, and you see something about rpmbuild, you may need to install the rpm-build package
  4. If you get more errors, you might find something that whines about librpmbuild.so and librpmbuild-4.7.so  I noticed that there was already a librpmbuild.so.0.0.0 in /usr/lib, so I took a gamble and created a symlink to librpmbuild.so and attempted to reinstall.

Doing these 4 things managed to get Adobe AIR to install in Fedora 11, so hopefully it will work for you, too.