Originally posted by jax8
ln -s /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread /usr/bin/acroread [/B]
Thank you so much! Following this command, Gnome added Acrobat to my "View With" right click menu, and I was able to choose the script.
For those who will later search and read this article to solve the same problem...
For those who don't know why this fixed the problem: The problem was that my $PATH environment variable. Every user, when they log on, has a configuration setting called $PATH that is loaded with directories where executable system files live.
My path looks like this:
When you type a command like "ls" on the command line, it works from everywhere because in one of those directories in your path, there is a link or the actual program for ls.
If a program is not in your path, and no link to it is in your path, then when you try to run it from somewhere, the system won't find it.
So, the solution is to either add the Acrobat5 directory to my path (ill-advised), or to put a symbolic link (sort of like a command line version of a Windows shortcut) in a directory that is in the $PATH.
To understand this command
ln -s /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread /usr/bin/acroread
I recommend the following for more info about what your $PATH is.
This page describes the ln command and why this worked to solve this problem: