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Old 03-01-2007, 03:17 AM   #1
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A poll and a doubt: your preferred pdf reader and sun's documentation


Hi.

I'm still exploring my brand new solaris 10 (11/06) on my HP laptop (x86 arch, of course) and I surprisingly found that Sun Solaris' documentation (in pdf format) is _unreadable_ with the programs which I have installed in my system. Neither in the companion DVD I found some useful program! And, equally upsetting, I discovered that Adobe only ships the SPARC version of Adobe Reader for Solaris.

What's your favourite pdf reader on solaris? And how could Sun slip this issue?

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Old 03-01-2007, 03:42 AM   #2
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What working environment are you using? I use GNOME on Solaris Express and use Evince to read pdf files. It works fine for me and I have used it to read some of the docs from docs.sun.com.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 03:55 AM   #3
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Probably your version is... more up-to-date. I'm using a vanilla Solaris 10 (11/06) with JDS and I'm using the xpdf-based pdf reader shipped with it. In the companion DVD I only found xpdf. BTW, not being a gnome user, I didn't know Evince, so I'll check if it's available as soon as I go home.

One thing more: I tried installing SFWkde to check if kpdf worked correctly (that's what I use in my other linux boxes): it seems that SFWkde has got a dependence on SFWgcc2l which is NOT shipped in the companion DVD.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 04:01 AM   #4
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I am not really much of a GNOME user (or a fan of it), but when using Solaris, its my preferred gui working environment. I think your version of Solaris should have Evince (or maybe gpdf). Evince should appear as "Document Viewer" or something similar either under Office or Graphics in your menu.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 04:06 AM   #5
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Quote:
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I think your version of Solaris should have Evince (or maybe gpdf).
Thnaks, I'll check for Evince and let you know. gpdf is just the app I was talking about: characters appears so distorted and mixed up which are unreadable. xpdf, which I think it's at the base of gpdf, shows the same problem. I'll check it's version number, too.

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Old 03-01-2007, 04:09 AM   #6
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Mmm, if you have gpdf, then I doubt you have Evince. Evince replaced gpdf in GNOME. Anyway, its still worth checking.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 04:23 AM   #7
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Every day it seems that an upgrade to an opensolaris distribution is more likely.

Thanks,
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:36 AM   #8
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One of the Solaris 10 patches breaks the gpdf fonts... Can't remember which patch offhand, but if you find it and back it out, then gpdf starts working again.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 07:40 AM   #9
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Thanks Dox Systems - Brian, I'll look into patches added in 11/06.

Bye,
Enrico.
 
  


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