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Old 07-05-2012, 02:52 AM   #1
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How to install Adobe PDF Reader for Mozilla Firefox on Slackware 13.37


Hello,
i have Slackware 13.37 x64 and have installed 32 compatibility. Now i'm trying to install the Adobe Browser PDF plugin for Mozilla Firefox. I am using Firefox 4 for Linux.
What i did do far:
1. I downloaded the .rpm file from adobe.com (Adobe Reader 9.1)
2. I created the .tgz package with the help of rpm2tgz utility
3. I nstalled the .tgz package
I had no failures
4. I decided to follow the instructions provided
/opt/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/HowTo/ENU/Browser_Plugin_HowTo.txt
5. I tried to install it by using the script provided:
/opt/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/
i run ./install_browser_plugin
6. I selected the default installation folder [/opt]
7. Then option 1 - "global installation" (as root) and it could not install it.

Note:
as user specific installation it was successful and now i am trying to test it.

Why it failed for "global installation"? Do i need to perform some compat32 installation for my case?

Thank you!
 
Old 07-05-2012, 03:32 AM   #2
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You could have tried the SlackBuild:
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.../adobe-reader/
 
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
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Hello BrianL,

i had already tried to search in that repository but could not find it (it seems that i was not using the proper keywords). I installed it and restarted Firefox. Now i still get the missing plugin screen. I am testing with this URL:

http://www.karriere.at/jobs/298013/p...re-engineering

When i post that link in Google Chrome, it is displayed correctly.

Any idea what i am missing in Firefox to get it done?

Thank you!
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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I don't know. That page won't display for me. I haven't bothered getting Adobe Reader, I use Okular for reading pdfs. This bit in the SlackBuild might enable viewing pages like that:
Code:
# Add symlink for browser plugins
mkdir -p $PKG/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
cd $PKG/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
  ln -sf ../../../../opt/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/intellinux/nppdf.so .
cd -
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:23 AM   #5
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Hi again,

i executed the commands you had posted. No errors. Unfortunately i cannot view the page after restarting Firefox. As i have a work around in Google Chrome, i would suggest that we do not bother more with that ;-)

Thanks, anyway!
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:29 AM   #6
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Those weren't commands to be executed on their own. It was part of the SlackBuild script. If you want to, you could remove the package you've created and get the SlackBuild, then you won't be limited to that one browser. That's what I'd do.
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:33 AM   #7
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glupa4e,

even if you install Acrobat Reader and get it running on a multilib Slackware64, you may still get into trouble when you want it to integrate in Firefox. IIRK, the reason is that your Firefox is 64bit and Acrobat is 32bit application...

i may be mistaken though... i gave up, so i switched to Evince. You may give Google Chrome a try -- it has an integrated PDF viewer that usually works perfectly.
 
Old 07-05-2012, 04:54 AM   #8
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PDF Viewer 0.3.175 add-on uses html5 to view pdfs

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pdfjs/

imho, it's the *easiest* viewer for ff to use and install, plus you have the added benefit of one less reason to use an adobe product, and smugness often feels better than a root canal.

cheers,

Last edited by mrclisdue; 07-05-2012 at 04:58 AM. Reason: spelling, grammar, and indecision
 
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #9
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mrclisdue,

thanks for the link!

i was going to shout "FINALLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR", but just opened an article and it looks... emm.. strange... :P

EDIT: probably it depends on the document itself -- other PDF files open just fine

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Old 07-05-2012, 05:11 AM   #10
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Yeah, that add-on works with the page glupa4e linked to.
 
Old 07-05-2012, 05:32 AM   #11
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Forget Adobe Reader 9.1. It is horrible. Have okular embedded as a plugin by using mozplugger
 
Old 07-05-2012, 05:36 AM   #12
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You may also try the KParts Plugin. This will allow Firefox to use an embedded Okular for pdf viewing.
 
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:11 AM   #13
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@pdi: What can I say. That is awesome. I have removed mozpluggger. The KParts Plugin does everything I need.
 
Old 07-05-2012, 09:53 AM   #14
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glupa4e, you need a 32-bit Firefox to run 32-bit plugins such as Adobe Reader. That's why it's not working.

You can enter "about:plugins" in Firefox's address bar to get a list of plugins that Firefox is actually recognizing.

If you really want to use Adobe Reader, you can get a 32-bit Firefox package from any Slackware mirror (in slackware/xap), and swap to it with upgradepkg.

EDIT: Just noticed that solarfields already pointed this out in post #7.

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Old 07-06-2012, 12:21 AM   #15
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@ruario: I'm glad it helped. I also noted mozplugger to try when I find time. It would be nice to have a script for Kparts in SlackBuilds.org.
 
  


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