Flash Player 9 Update and flashlog.txt

I rely heavily on flashlog.txt for tracing Flex code. But I just couldn’t get the flashlog.txt to go today — I am rebuilding my box.

So I started looking at the Adobe technote on this matter “Debugging Client-Side Code in Flex Applications”. However, the Flash movie on this technote was not giving accurate information about my Flash player.So after looking around a little more, I found another technote called “Version Test For Adobe Flash Player” that correctly identifies my Flash player.

So I have the correct version of Flash Player, but I still couldn’t get the flashlog to record any trace output. My mm.cfg file was configured correctly and was present at the correct location. There was a blank flashlog.txt file in the location specified in mm.cfg. But no matter what I did, it did not trace any output.
Then I came across the following in the Flex Builder documentation:

The default log file location changed between the initial Flash Player 9 release and the Flash Player 9 Update. In the initial Flash Player 9 release, the default location is the same directory as the mm.cfg file and you can update the log file location and name through the TraceOutputFileName property. Beginning with the Flash Player 9 Update, you cannot modify the log file location or name and the log file location has changed, as follows:
Windows
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\Logs

Macintosh
Users/user_name/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/Logs/

Linux
home/user_name/macromedia/Flash_Player/Logs/flashlog.txt

I checked the location mentioned here, and the file was there and has the trace information!

It was the move from Flash Player 9 to Flash Player 9 Update that caused me this grief.

And why is it still in C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\Logs directory?

Why not C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Adobe\Flash Player\Logs?

5 thoughts on “Flash Player 9 Update and flashlog.txt”

  1. The right path for linux is: ~/.macromedia/Flash_Player/Logs/flashlog.txt

    Notice that macromedia is a invisible folder.
    My OS is ubuntu 7.04.

  2. Man, am I glad I found your post! My file search is taking for ages before it finds the flashlog file.
    Well done…
    Cheers
    Jim

  3. You rock! I’ve spent two days (off and on) trying to write that stupid file in the same directory as the mm.cfg file. Turns out it was working all along and just writing it elsewhere.

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