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sbabaro1 05-29-2014 05:54 AM

acrobat reader on slackware64
 
Hi all,
I've installed acrobat reader 9 on my slackware64-14.1
I've used the multilib from AlienBob
I've installed (converting the packages) oxygen-gtk2,oxygen-gtk3 and acroread
When I try to start acrobat I receive:
Quote:

$ /usr/bin/32/acroread
Unable to initialize user interface.
I cannot see anything else, and I have no idea where to look
Any help?

solarfields 05-29-2014 07:51 AM

/usr/bin/32/acroread?

personally, I have had problems running certain programs when using the oxygen theme.

where did you install adobe acrobat reader from?

ruario 05-29-2014 08:31 AM

No I have no idea why you would want it but purely for the sake of testing I just installed AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin on my multilib Slackware64 14.0 install and it ran just fine.

So I can confirm that this install method works on multilib Slackware64 14.0 at least.

P.S. I never really trust *.bin self installers, so I tracked the files it installed to ensure they were all removed on uninstall. Good thing too, since after running the /opt/Adobe/Reader9/bin/UNINSTALL script I noticed it left behind some files in /usr/share/mime/, e.g.:

Code:

/usr/share/mime/packages/AdobeReader.xml
/usr/share/mime/application/vnd.adobe.xdp+xml.xml
/usr/share/mime/application/vnd.adobe.pdx.xml
/usr/share/mime/application/vnd.adobe.xfdf.xml
/usr/share/mime/application/vnd.fdf.xml

On my system /usr/local/share/applications/defaults.list was also created (if that file was already on your system it would simply have been edited). The uninstall script also left this behind but I don't see that as too big a problem, as all the Acrobat entries had been removed from within the file.

ruario 05-29-2014 08:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sbabaro1 (Post 5178589)
I've installed (converting the packages) oxygen-gtk2,oxygen-gtk3 and acroread

I didn't convert and install oxygen-gtk2 and oxygen-gtk3 and it didn't stop Acrobat Reader from working.

I don't think you need to convert your acroread package. In fact that might be the source of the issue since Acrobat might not be able to find some of its files if they are shifted around.

hitest 05-29-2014 09:22 AM

I'm pretty happy with Okular and X PDF; they ship with Slackware.

ruario 05-29-2014 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hitest (Post 5178689)
I'm pretty happy with Okular and X PDF; they ship with Slackware.

+1 to that. As I said earlier, not sure why anyone would want Acrobat Reader. Previously Acrobat Reader's unique selling point was browser integration but PDF.js can largely fill that role now, for those that want it. There is also the Kparts plugin or mozplugger to embed the likes of Okular.

P.S. PDFium also starts to become a viable option for a range of browsers, now that Google has open sourced it. It already forms the base of the PDF viewer built into Chrome.

solarfields 05-29-2014 09:48 AM

the only reason I have acroread is that sometimes i need to fill some special pdf forms that work only with it...

sbabaro1 05-29-2014 09:54 AM

I know that it works on 14.0: I had it installed on slackware64-14.1
I tried both installing it with or without converting it (/usr/bin/32 is the path for executable after converting a package)

for the package source, I've taken it from slacky, same source where I've taken the package for 14.0

In this package all is under /opt/Adobe

As for "why you want to use it", I need to use acroread for work issues

tronayne 05-29-2014 09:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruario (Post 5178696)
+1 to that. As I said earlier, not sure why anyone would want Acrobat Reader. Previously Acrobat Reader's unique selling point was browser integration but PDF.js can largely fill that role now, for those that want it. There is also the Kparts plugin or mozplugger to embed the likes of Okular.

Acrobat Reader can handle some forms that Okular (and others) won't; e.g., fill-in-the-boxes type forms will not always (frequently, but not always) be usable with some forms. Additionally, Okular doesn't like to jump to some links in documents (like, say, the table of contents or an index in some documents created with Adobe Acrobat). Not always but enough to be annoying.

I just wish that Adobe would get on the stick and release a 64-bit version of both Acrobat and Reader that will work on Linux systems; they do a really nice job when dealing with PDF documents that just isn't quite "there" with the tools available in Linux (yet?).

cwizardone 05-29-2014 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruario (Post 5178668)
No I have no idea why you would want it but purely for the sake of testing...

XFA forms (fill in the blanks) that are not supported by Okular and security protected forms that are also not supported by Okular.

Edit in: solarfields and tronayne beat me to the punch.
BTW, ruario, while we are here, so to speak :) , are we ever going to see a
Linux version of the Opera chrome clone? :D

ruario 05-29-2014 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 5178709)
BTW, ruario, while we are here, so to speak :) , are we ever going to see a
Linux version of the Opera chrome clone? :D

Yes, in fact I am using a chromium based Opera running on Linux right now, to compose this message. ;)

P.S. I know the next question will be "when", for which the answer still remains that I am not going to commit to a date.

ruario 05-29-2014 11:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sbabaro1 (Post 5178704)
In this package all is under /opt/Adobe

As for "why you want to use it", I need to use acroread for work issues

Fair enough. I might try it on Slackware64 14.1 later if I get a moment. If I do, I'll let you know how (or if) it works for me. I be a little surprised if it didn't work on 14.1 but it is certainly possible.

solarfields 05-29-2014 01:40 PM

i have slackware64 14.1 -multilib and i have installed acroread from SlackBuilds.org

i am running XFCE

i had some glitch with the open dialog not showing icons, so the solution i found was to run the following as root:

gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders-32 > /usr/lib/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders.cache

btw, every now and then acroread would make one of my cpu cores get stuck at 100%... in this case I kill it with:

killall acroread -s KILL

ruario 05-30-2014 04:53 AM

since it worked for solarfields, I guess I won't bother testing it.

ruario 05-30-2014 05:03 AM

sbabaro1: Try using the SBo Slackbuild or Adobe's own self installer. Neither of which strip the binaries. I see that the Slacky adobe-reader.SlackBuild does. This German thread on the Arch forums seems to suggest that could be the problem.


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