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Old 07-31-2004, 02:08 AM   #1
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installing acrobat reader

I downloaded the acrobat reader yesterday,but am facing problems with the install.Can someone explain how to go about with the install?I run Fedora Core 2.
Old 07-31-2004, 02:24 AM   #2
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Open a terminal.

switch to super user with the command


type in the password for the superuser

"cd" to the directory where you downloaded AcrobatReader.

Uncompress the file, if it is .tar.gz do

tar -zxf Acrobat5.tar.gz

replace filename with correct ones.

go into the directory Acrobat5

cd Acrobat5

go into the installation directory and type ./INSTALL

This will install Acrobat

type /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread
to run acrobat reader

You should add acroread to the PATH as well

#add the following to the bottom of /etc/profile

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/Acrobat5/bin
# or where ever the file acroread is located

If acroread will not work try this

#add this to the top of acroread in the bin directory

export LANG

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Old 07-31-2004, 07:13 AM   #3
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I just installed a 32 MB RAM box with red hat 7.1 and only text mode. Will acrobat work in this configuration?

Old 07-31-2004, 08:08 AM   #4
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Acrobat reader requires X.
Old 07-31-2004, 11:10 AM   #5
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There's an acrobat PDF Viewer built into X as well...assuming you install it of course.
Old 08-31-2004, 12:41 PM   #6
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Another Newbie

I'm having a related problem with my Acrobat 5 installation. I'm running Fedora 2 with a Gnome GUI. I was able to successfully install Acrobat and can run the executable, but Gnome seem unaware of the new package. For example, I had to manually add an icon to the desktop (not the Acrobat icon, I couldn't find that); when I click on a PDF file, Gnome automatically opens it with the Gnome PDF viewer, not Acrobat-- even though I have gone into File Types and Programs and specified Acrobat as the application to use for PDF's; when I attempt to print from Acrobat, none of the printers I installed with Print Manager are available to me.

Any ideas on how to get Gnome to play nicely with the Acrobat package?


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Old 09-02-2004, 04:21 AM   #7
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find the prefered application program.

It will be in the menu somewhere and assign acroread as the default viewer as apposed to the current one.
Old 09-02-2004, 11:49 AM   #8
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The "Preferred Applications" applet in FC2 only displays options for choosing a browser, mail client, text editor or terminal type. There is an applet called "File Types and Programs" that will allow you to create an association between a file extension and an application. I have already used this to assign the file type pdf to acroread, but for whatever reason, when I open a pdf I am still in the Gnome PDF reader.

Is there something else I need to check? Perhaps a conf file somewhere that needs editing?

Thanks for your help and support.

humble newbie and MS expatriate


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