Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fixed Opening SWF Files in Linux

I'm putting this up for future reference because the issue was driving me nuts. I very often use a flash timer when trying to budget my time on a computer. There is one in particular that I especially like from www.online-stopwatch.com which allows you to build a custom queue of alarms. That sight allows you to download the SWF file of almost all of their online timers, and this is useful to me because I can then run it simply by typing

google-chrome --app=file:///location/to/swf/file.swf

at the command line. 

Except for recently. Lately, when I tried to open the flash-timer, chrome would try to just download it again. It took me forever to find the solution, but I finally came across it on an ArchLinux forum.