LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 07-18-2004, 03:04 AM   #1
gaviidae
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
Distribution: limping along with MD10, Knoppix3.6 : )
Posts: 62

Rep: Reputation: 15
viewing a pdf when using xterm


Hello, if I don't get this answered tonite then it'll have to help someone else :-)
I have a DVD with a tutorial on it here at work. The new machine is some kind of Linux and the shell terminal is xterm. The GUI is ice which I'm not familiar with. I want to see the DVD/CD whatever it is. I went to /mnt/cdrom1 and got a list of everything on the disk; they are all pdf's. The GUI doesn't have anything for viewing disk drives or acrobat (which I'm sure is somewhere in there). Is there a way to see this tutorial?
I found vi can't even read the text in it :-)
This is a GE Lightspeed Cat scanner and I'm sure they'd put acrobat reader on there if the disk says "you can use this disk on the Lightspeed workstation or at home."
If I don't figure it out tonite I'm going to "borrow" it and view it at home and it will have to be back by Sunday night. (I am in US EST).
--Gaviidae
 
Old 07-18-2004, 03:23 AM   #2
tredegar
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Debian "Jessie"
Posts: 6,085

Rep: Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398
If you have xpdf installed, you can use that to view the files:

xpdf /path/to/file.pdf
 
Old 07-18-2004, 03:33 AM   #3
gaviidae
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
Distribution: limping along with MD10, Knoppix3.6 : )
Posts: 62

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I just tried it, it must not be there:
xpdf: command not found
Maybe they never intended viewing thru a shell, but the rep hasn't come yet (not til Monday) and I only know how to go thru the shell. The desktop is all commands etc for the scanner itself.
Hey can I start the graphical Reader from the shell? Like, launch it? I'm not sure where they keep something like that, I did a general search for the name Acrobat or reader and didn't find it but I might be looking under the wrong name. It's not in /tmp
gaviidae

Last edited by gaviidae; 07-18-2004 at 03:35 AM.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 03:46 AM   #4
tredegar
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Debian "Jessie"
Posts: 6,085

Rep: Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398
Maybe your path is wrong.
Find xpdf like this:

locate xpdf

Mine us in /usr/bin

Then, either update your PATH or try

/path/to/xpdf /path/to/file.pdf

I do not use ICE, but if you can navigate to the pdf file with a file manager, you could also try clicking, or double-clicking the .pdf file.

Hope this helps
 
Old 07-18-2004, 03:57 AM   #5
megaspaz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Silly Con Valley
Distribution: Red Hat 7.3, Red Hat 9.0
Posts: 2,054

Rep: Reputation: 46
another pdf reader, if you have kde, is kghostview. it looks better than xpdf and seems to work pretty good, but one annoying thing about it is that it doesn't handle hyperlinks (that i could figure out anyway for my version of it).
 
Old 07-18-2004, 04:13 AM   #6
gaviidae
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
Distribution: limping along with MD10, Knoppix3.6 : )
Posts: 62

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
My bad did I type the wrong thing? I went cd /mnt/cdrom1 then xpdf/mnt/cdrom1/open3.pdf (open3 seems to be a file)
gaviidae
 
Old 07-18-2004, 05:12 AM   #7
gaviidae
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
Distribution: limping along with MD10, Knoppix3.6 : )
Posts: 62

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I can't use the graphical anything. There is no filemenu, only options for the tube (calibration, warm-up, etc) I can't point and click my way thru files, that's why I thought I could play the dvd tutorial thru the shell. Oh well, this is not a typical system. Maybe they don't want us minions monkeying with their system >:)
gaviidae
 
Old 07-18-2004, 05:57 AM   #8
megaspaz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Silly Con Valley
Distribution: Red Hat 7.3, Red Hat 9.0
Posts: 2,054

Rep: Reputation: 46
whatever are you talking about? are you saying that you can't get into X? well, if that's the case, then you're right, i don't know of any text based pdf viewer. what is this graphical anything?
 
Old 07-18-2004, 09:55 AM   #9
tredegar
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Debian "Jessie"
Posts: 6,085

Rep: Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398
Woah!

Re-reading your original post:
"The new machine is some kind of Linux and the shell terminal is xterm. The GUI is ice which I'm not familiar with."
...."This is a GE Lightspeed Cat scanner...".

and later

"There is no filemenu, only options for the tube (calibration, warm-up, etc)"

Er, do you mean it is "a GE Lightspeed CAT-scanner"? As in Computerised Axial Tomography - several megabucks of X-Ray equipment?

If this is the case, I'm not surprised you are not familiar with the GUI.

This is a specialised application, for taking X-Ray pictures, usually of human beings.
Yes, it probably IS running linux, but you are not supposed to mess with it, and that is probably why you are finding it hard to do things from the shell. (Thank God for linux's inbuilt security permissions).

I suggest you take the DVD, and put it into a boring old Win* computer, and read it there, or even a nice linux computer that is NOT set up to run a specialised piece of, potentially highly dangerous, medical hardware.

Oh, and you might just mention to the engineer on Monday that you have been messing about and before they try this new piece of kit on a human being, they might like to check that they'll be scanned, and not accidentally given a course of Radiotherapy.

Hope this helps,
 
Old 07-19-2004, 11:20 AM   #10
0perat0r
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: New Jersey, US
Distribution: Red Hat Linux WS version 3
Posts: 126

Rep: Reputation: 15
Here's a couple of links to a Linux Acrobat installation download, in case anyone's interested:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
http://www.downseek.com/download/19845.asp

Perhaps you can get permission to install this.

0perat0r
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
xterm - howto lauch an xterm into a specific directory jobano Linux - Software 8 02-26-2008 04:18 PM
Create pdf files for viewing on a Palm PDA qwerty Linux - Software 3 06-01-2006 04:52 PM
how is black xterm background in IceWM when issue a xterm command? BRAHmS Linux - Software 1 02-14-2005 04:51 AM
KGhostView (pdf viewing question) l0f33t Linux - Software 0 08-05-2003 12:32 AM
Viewing PDF in console? Sastian Linux - Software 4 07-13-2003 05:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration