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Old 03-05-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question Installing Things & the Filesystem

Hi, my name is Ubern00b. I'm confused about the linux directory structure and where things are installed. Is it installed in / (root) or in my home or what. I'd really appreciate it if sombeody could quickly explain this to me.

Second, how do I install things? I downloaded Adobe PDF reader from their site (yes, I did get the Linux version). I read the readme that came with it and it said to run the install script, so I double clicked it. A box came up and quickly vanished much like the MS-DOS prompt when it has an error or the program doesn't require any user input.

And third, I'm thinking that I'll need to run it in a terminal [EDIT: It's called a terminal in Linux, lol... at least I hope that's what I should be using]. So if the file is in my home, in a folder called Adobe, would I say like:

"cd /Home/Adobe/" (I'm pretty just guessing but at least I'm trying lol)

then just


It said to run the install script, but as you already know, I'm a megan00b (and proud of it) and don't have a clue what that means.

Thanks for the help!


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Old 03-05-2004, 09:19 PM   #2
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Here is the perfect website to get you started:

They have newbie-friendly tutorials for the basic stuff you need to learn, for example, how to install, and where things are installed.

Old 03-05-2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's a big help!
Old 03-05-2004, 09:37 PM   #4
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I read the article on RPM's but I'm still not quite sure on how to install other stuff. Adobe said something about an install script and I don't think there was an rpm... can anybody help?
Old 03-05-2004, 09:48 PM   #5
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Show me what the file looks like that you downloaded.
Does it end with a .rpm, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2?
There are different file formats that programs can be downloaded in and each have a different set of instructions to install them. Post the whole file name here so we can tell what type of file you are trying to run an "install script" on.

Old 03-05-2004, 09:51 PM   #6
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I have a dual boot lemme switch & check
Old 03-05-2004, 10:05 PM   #7
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it came as a file called adobeAcrobatReader.tar.gz and i double clicked it it opened and there was a folder called . so i doiuble clicked that then it brought up the following files:


i don't really understand what it means by "run the install script"

here's a copy of the readme:

July 15, 2003
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader for UNIX® Read Me

Welcome to the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5.0.8 Read Me.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is the free viewing companion to Adobe Acrobat 5.0.
Acrobat Reader lets you view, navigate and print Portable Document Format (PDF)
files. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is a complete solution for creating, enhancing,
reviewing, editing, and sharing information in PDF.

To learn more about Adobe Acrobat 5.0, visit

This Read Me contains information on:
New for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8

System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 Additional Information

Troubleshooting Issues

Known Issues for Acrobat Reader Working with Netscape

Keyboard Shortcuts

New for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8

A security patch was applied that solves a problem reported
with long URLs in weblinks which can cause a buffer overrun.

New for Acrobat Reader 5.0.7

A security patch was applied that solves the problem reported in
CERT vulnerability 200132 whereby a weblink could execute shell

New for Acrobat Reader 5.0.6

A security patch was applied that solves the problem reported in where opening
the font cache when the application starts up can unintentionally
cause the permissions of other files to change.

System Requirements:
System Requirements for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Solaris®
- SPARC®-class processor
- Solaris version 2.6, 7, or 8
- 64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
- 30 MB of available hard disk space
- Additional 40 MB of hard-disk space for Asian fonts (optional)

System Requirements for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Linux®
- Pentium®-class processor
- Linux kernel 2.2
- glibc 2.1.3
- 64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
- 30 MB of available hard disk space
- Additional 40 MB of hard-disk space for Asian fonts (optional)

System Requirements for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for HP-UX®
- HP-UX 10.20 or 11.0
- 64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
- 67 MB of available hard disk space
- Additional 40 MB of hard-disk space for Asian fonts (optional)

System Requirements for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for AIX®
- AIX 4.3.3 or 5.1
- 64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
- 50 MB of available hard disk space
- Additional 40 MB of hard-disk space for Asian fonts (optional)

Web Browser Support
PDF files may be viewed within Netscape 4.x using Acrobat Reader
on both Solaris and Linux. Netscape 4.7x is preferred.

Installation Instructions

Installing and Uninstalling Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Unix

To install Acrobat Reader 5.0.8, follow these steps:

- Make sure you have at least 30 MB of available disk space
- Install Reader 5.0.8 by running the INSTALL script

To uninstall Acrobat Reader 5.0.8, simply delete the directory where it
was installed.

Installation Issues

None at this time.

Installing Asian Language Kit for Acrobat Reader 5.0.8

Even though Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Unix is only available as a US
English application, asian language kits are available. Users can
display Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files that contain text
in Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, and Korean (CJK).
All you need to do is install the appropriate Asian font pack for use
with Acrobat Reader. The Asian Language Support installers are available
on the Adobe Acrobat 5.0.8 product CD, or from Adobe's web site at:

Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 Additional Information

There is no search functionality available for the Linux version of the
Acrobat Reader.

Troubleshooting Issues

Keyboard accelerators for menu items do not work on AIX
Some documentation will refer to keyboard accelerators for menu items,
like <CTRL>+L to go in to Full Screen mode. These accelerators do not
work on AIX. [528004]

Problems running Acrobat on older HP hardware and displaying to Solaris screen
Due to incompatibilities between the X Server on Solaris displays and Motif
clients running on older HP hardware (HPPA 1.1) with HP-UX 10.20, this
configuration will not be supported. The suggested workaround is to use more
recent HP hardware (HPPA 2.0 or later) or to use any other X-capable display;
older HP-UX, Linux, AIX, etc.[527114]

Using the Toolbar
Acrobat Reader's toolbars can be torn-off, docked on the top, and
their geometry may be changed. Torn-off toolbars cannot be combined
by dragging the title bar of the toolbar; use the drag handle of the
toolbar instead.[398112]

Viewing PDF files within Netscape
When attempting to view relatively large PDF files, you may see an
error message saying "Page processing error. File input/output error.
Time out during connecting." Other symptoms that you may see are
Acrobat Reader displays blank pages or Acrobat Reader may hang.
Check with your systems or network administrator that the version of
Apache being used is 1.3.17 or greater. Acrobat Reader may exhibit
the symptoms listed above with earlier versions of Apache.[417553]

CJK Text Display of bolded text when magnification is applied
Some CJK bolded characters may be blurred if the original application
created the bolded text with synthetic bolding. If the Smooth Text and
Use CoolType preferences in the Display preference panel are turned
off, when the document is magnified you may see some white areas or
cracks. Acrobat 4.x writes a character four times to achieve bolding,
and for some documents, such text may appear as four lines of text
instead of appearing as bold text. In Acrobat 5.0, synthetic bolding is
used. Adobe recommends turning on the Smooth Text and Use
CoolType preferences in the Display preference panel to avoid seeing
white areas or cracks when the bolded text is magnified. [418447]

Find Dialog - Using Find to Locate Unicode Characters
You can use Find to locate Unicode characters within a PDF
document. To do this, add a "\u" in front of the Unicode character for
which you want to search. For example, to search for the Unicode
equivalent of the ASCII character "A" , enter "\u0041" in the Find
dialog. For some CJK characters, such as Unicode "4e01", you can
specify "\u4e01".[413632]

Hong Kong Character Set and Comments and Bookmarks
Acrobat Reader 5.0 supports the Hong Kong character set for text in a
PDF file. It is an extension to the Adobe Chinese Traditional character
set. If you would like to view PDF files that contain text using the Hong
Kong character set, please install support for the Chinese Traditional
character by installing the Chinese Traditional Language Pack. Since
the Hong Kong character set is not part of the standard system fonts
you will not be able to comment or create bookmarks using Hong
Kong characters.[407877]

Save A Copy
Acrobat Reader 5.0 contains a menu item and a toolbar icon called
"Save A Copy". If you modify an Adobe PDF file in Acrobat Reader
5.0, your changes will not be preserved when you use this command.
Only a copy of the original Adobe PDF file will be saved; saving
updates is not a feature of Acrobat Reader.[414048]

Using NCD PC-Xware
A pink tint will appear when Smooth Fonts is turned on in General
Preferences and the default visual is TrueColor 5-6-5 (RGB) in 16-bit
mode (this is a PC-Xware problem). This affects only the display, not
the print result. The solution is to use a different visual (8-bit or 24-bit)
or turn off the Smooth Fonts option.

Acrobat Needs Access to pwd
Acrobat Reader will not run correctly from a directory where the
"pwd" command fails.

Removing Previous Preferences
We recommend you remove the file $HOME/.acrorc before running
Acrobat 5.0.8 for the first time. This ensures the default preference
settings are used when you first run Acrobat Reader 5.0.8. This is not,
however, a necessity, and may actually be undesirable if you wish to
continue running Acrobat Reader 4.0.

Recent Files Names
Files listed in the File menu are "recent files" and depend upon exact
path names. If you open a file in a session using automounter and the
automounter goes down, attempting to open the "recent file" will give a
"No such file or directory" error. This also occurs when the file is
moved, renamed, or Reader is run from a different machine that does
not have the same file systems mounted.

Prevent Temporary Files from Showing Up in Recent File List
To prevent temporary files (for instance opened from the Web) from
appearing in the "recent files" list, set your mailcap entry as follows:

application/pdf;acroread -tempFile %s

Writing the Preferences File
Acrobat Reader does not warn the user when the preferences file
cannot be written. Please make sure '$HOME/.acrobat' is a writable
directory if you wish to save preferences.

Window Managers
Some Window managers may work better than others. Specifically, we
have tested CDE, KDE, and Openwindows.

Printing Password-protected PDFs
Users cannot print password-protected PDF documents to PostScript
from the command line even though they are able to print the files from
Acrobat Reader.

Heterogenous File Server Environment
When operating in a heterogenous network environment using Novell
servers, we recommend you avoid giving PDF files long names (greater
than 32 characters). A Novell® server displays the long file name to the
user of a Macintosh® computer, but MacOS® prevents Acrobat from
opening the file. This is not a problem on Windows.

Buried Modal Dialogs
Modal dialog boxes may appear to be "buried" behind the main
document window. When they are behind the main window, they are
still active and prevent the user from doing anything. To bring the dialog
to the front, click anywhere in the main window. You can now dismiss
the dialog and proceed.

Command line help
At the command line, type 'acroread -help' or 'acroread -helpall' for
more information on command line options. Note that when using these
command lines you must still supply a DISPLAY variable if one is not
already defined in your environment.

Pasting Non-ISO8859 Characters
Characters in PDF files that are not part of the ISO8859 encodings will
not display when the text is selected and pasted elsewhere. This is most
notable with the Registered and Trademark symbols. Printing is not
affected and will work fine.

Printing: no document printed and/or error in lp log
When you lp, it creates a symbolic link from the spool file to the file. This saves space on the file system. Unfortunately,
Acrobat creates a temporary file to spool, writes the PostScript out,
and then deletes the temporary file before the lpd process can get hold
of it. The solution is to include the "-c" option (copy) on the lp or lpr
command in the print dialog box. This forces the lp process to copy
the file to the spool area instead of making a link.

Open Actions
In Acrobat 3.0 and later it is possible to give a PDF file attributes for
how it should open (with or without Tool bar, etc.) To make Acrobat
ignore the "Open" settings, keep the CTRL and Shift keys pressed
down when clicking OK in the File > Open dialog box. For example,
when opening a file which has been set to hide the Tool bar, it is not
possible to then show the Tool bar for the file once it is open. If you
need the Tool bar displayed, you should close the file and re-open it
making Acrobat ignore the "Open" settings.

Launching external applications / Security
PDF files may contain instructions to launch an external application or to
open a non-PDF file. To enhance the security of PDF files, Acrobat Reader
version 5.0.8 will prompt users with an alert before launching an external
application, an executable file or a command. The alert will say:
"Acrobat is about to launch this application: "
[Application] "Allow this action (yes) or all actions to all
applications (all)?"
followed by three buttons, "Yes", "No", and "All".
- Choosing "Yes" will allow only this instance of this action.
- Choosing "No" will prevent this instance of this action.
- Choosing "All" will allow all instances of all actions, thus disabling
the alert until Acrobat is exited and restarted.

Acrobat Search
If you want to create full text search indexes that can be reliably used
across platforms, you must use ISO 9660 file naming conventions for
the indexed files (8.3 uppercase, restricted character set). If you don't
use such names, the UNIX Reader will attempt to guess what the Unix
filenames are. This causes delays in searching, and may result in the file
not being found.

Select Graphics and Column Text Select Tools
The select graphics tool and column text select tool are nested under
the select text tool. To select one of these other tools, click and hold
down the select text tool button, then drag your mouse over to the tool
you wish to use.

Setting Weblink Preferences
Set your Web Browser Application to point to a local copy of Netscape if
at all possible. Typically network installations of Netscape will be a
shell script that does other things and can interfere with the setup of
the Acrobat plug-in.

If you do not have a local copy of Netscape on your system or are unable
to install it locally, then make sure that the Web Browser Application is
set to the Netscape executable and not a script.

Printing documents with transparent Images
When printing documents that contain transparent images, sometimes one of
the images will disappear. This only happens when printing within the
Acrobat user interface. The work around is to use command line printing
which will print the PDF correctly. [510825]

Known Issues for Acrobat Reader Working with Netscape:

It is highly recommended that customers use the netscape script located in
the Browsers subdirectory of the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Unix
installation area. Before using the script, the user may find it helpful
to modify the script to know where the Acrobat installation area is and
the location of the netscape executable. For example:
See the comments in the script for more information.
Note: This script does not install the Acrobat plug-in into the Netscape
installation area. It tells the netscape application (for this run only)
where the Acrobat plug-in is located. If the user runs the Netscape
application directly, in this case /opt/Netscape-4.78/netscape, the Acrobat
connection will not be present.

Netscape 6.0
Acrobat Reader 5.x supports Netscape 4.x and installs a plug-in to
work with this browser. This plug-in enables users to download, view,
navigate and print Adobe PDF files, and to fill in PDF forms while
working inside the browser. With Netscape 6.0, Acrobat Reader 5.x
works only as a helper application. PDF files must be downloaded in
their entirety before they can be viewed. Also, with Netscape 6.0, PDF
forms cannot be filled in when viewed within the Browser.

Acrobat will not launch
If you encounter problems where PDF documents do not view correctly in
Netscape, Netscape hangs, or document transmission stalls, you may disable
PDF viewing in the Netscape window and use the viewer as a "Helper Application".

To disable PDF rendering in the Netscape window:

1. Pull down the "Edit" menu item and select " Preferences". On the
"Preferences" dialog, select the "Navigator" tab item and then the
"Applications" item. Find the item in the list of helper applications that
looks like the following:

application/pdf Plug In:
Portable Document Format Plug In:

2. Select this item.

3. Select the "Edit ..." button to modify this entry. In the dialog box,
select the item marked "Application" and enter the pathname to the
Acrobat Reader product along with the "%s" field identifier for the
temporary file name. For example, if Acrobat Reader is installed in
/usr/local/Acrobat5 then enter the following in the text box for the

/usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread %s

4. Select the "OK" button in the "Application" dialog box.

5. Select the "OK" button in the "Preferences" dialog box. The view in
Netscape window feature has been disabled and Acrobat will act as a
Netscape helper application.

Some Forms Cause "Save As" Dialog To Appear
This is because certain forms return Forms Data Format files (.fdf) and
Netscape is not set up to handle this mime type. This is easy to fix;
following are directions for Navigator 4.x:

-Bring up Preferences dialog by selecting the Edit menu, then the "preferences"
menu item.
-Under the Navigator section, select Applications.
-Click on the New button.
-For Description, type Forms Data Format
-For Mime type enter: application/vnd.fdf
-For Suffixes enter: fdf
-Click Application
-Type /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread %s iconic (note: your path may vary)
-Click OK

Netscape is now ready to accept forms data format.

Running in 256 Colors or Less
Often the viewer may launch in greyscale mode when running inside of
Netscape as a plugin. This will happen when your default visual has a
color depth of 8 planes or less (PseudoColor for instance).This is because
Netscape does not "grab" enough colors for Acrobat. You can work around
this problem by launching an instance of the Acrobat Reader and displaying
it on the current screen before launching Netscape. Netscape will then
use the Color Map that Acrobat has created and will allow the viewer to
run as a plugin with enough colors. This won't be an issue if you are
running with 16 or more color planes.

Cannot Submit Forms From Netscape
Submitting forms on the web will not work if Netscape has warned you that it
found a lock file in the .Netscape folder. This warning (which occurs when
you first launch Netscape) usually means you have another copy of Netscape
running. You may fix this problem by insuring that only one copy of
Netscape is running. If a lock file is left around because of a Netscape
crash, you may simply delete the .Netscape/lock file.

Using Acrobat As a Helper Application
Netscape doesn't open a PDF but the association to a helper application is set.
In this case, make sure the "%s" is on the command line to the helper
application. For example "/usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread -iconic %s".

Acrobat and Netscape Crash When Opening a PDF
Netscape 4.5 can crash loading the Acrobat plug-in on Solaris 2.7.
The solution is to use Netscape 4.7X. [503568]

Arrow key shortcuts may be unreliable when viewing a PDF in Netscape with
the Acrobat plugin. On some systems, using the arrow keys to navigate between
bookmarks in the Bookmark pane may be unreliable. The Up and Down arrow keys
should move bookmark selection to one above or one below in the list, and the
Left and Right arrows should open and close, respectively, a hierarchical
Bookmark list. [513194]

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Hot Keys or Accelerators:
Access menu bar with <ALT>, then one of these keys:
e - Edit menu
f - File menu
1 ... 9 to load 1st through 9th most recent document
h - Help menu
v - View menu
w - Window menu

Selecting Tools:
h - hand tool
v or Shift-v - text select tool
z or Shift-z - the zoom tool
g - graphics select tool

Navigation Tools:
Page Up for previous screen
Page Down for next screen
Left Arrow for previous page
Right Arrow for next page
Up Arrow to scroll up
Down Arrow to scroll down
CTRL L to show or hide full screen
CTRL N to go to a specific page
CTRL Left Arrow to go to previous view
CTRL Right Arrow to go to next view

Function Keys:
F5 to show or hide or select bookmarks
F6 to show or hide or select thumbnails
F8 to show or hide toolbars

Editing Documents:
CTRL A to select all
CTRL C to copy
CTRL M to zoom to
CTRL O to open
CTRL P to print
CTRL Q to quit
CTRL W to close a document
CTRL 0 to fit in window
CTRL 1 to fit actual size
CTRL 2 to fit width
CTRL 3 to fit visible
CTRL + to zoom in
CTRL - to zoom out
SHIFT CTRL A to unselect all
SHIFT CTRL P for page setup
SHIFT CTRL S for save as
SHIFT CTRL + to rotate clockwise
SHIFT CTRL - to rotate counterclockwise

CTRL F to find
CTRL G to find again

Document Information and Preferences:
CTRL D to bring up document summary dialog box
CTRL K to bring up General Preferences dialog box
ALT CTRL S to bring up Document Security dialog box
ATL CTRL F to bring up Document Fonts dialog box

ALT CTRL W to close all windows

Copyright © 1987-2003 Adobe Systems Incorporated and its
licensors. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, the
Acrobat logo, PostScript, and the PostScript logo are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
United States and/or other countries. Distiller, Adobe Type Manager,
ATM, Illustrator, PageMaker, and Photoshop are trademarks of
Adobe Systems Incorporated. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo,
and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All
SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or
registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United
States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are
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UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other
countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd. X
Window System is a trademark of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Novell
is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. Macintosh and MacOS is a
trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and
other countries. NCD and PC-Xware are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Network Computing Devices, Inc. in the United States
and other countries. STSong™ is a trademark of ChangZhou SinoType
Technology Co., Ltd.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
The contents of this file are subject to the Mozilla Public License
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and Source code may be found at
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Old 03-05-2004, 10:19 PM   #8
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i think i have to type something like

install install* /home/john/programs/adobe**

where the active path is /home/john/downloads/adobe/extracted

*because this looks like a script to begin installations i looked @ it in the text editor thingie, though i couldn't find an extension... and when i try it i get file or path not found... so i think there's like a hidden extension or something. The file type in properities says "Shell script"

** the destination?

am i on the right path? do i need more arguments? or am i way way way off?


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Old 03-05-2004, 10:29 PM   #9
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oh yea and where should i install programs? a folder in my home or in the root? I can't seem to create folders in root... is there a linux equivalent of Microsoft's program files?
Old 03-05-2004, 11:05 PM   #10
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If you are in a terminal then cd /whereyousavedthefile/ and then do :

tar -xzvf adobeAcrobatReader.tar.gz
This will make a new directory. Then do this:

cd adobeAcrobatReader/
and then type, one at a time and only one on one line:

make install

Old 03-05-2004, 11:27 PM   #11
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The "./configure && make" does not work for closed source software. As DB03 gave the filelist of the untarred file, that should be obvious. With a .tar.gz file, the usual way to unpack is as rberry88 says "tar -xzvf adobeAcrobatReader.tar.gz" (do "man tar" to see what this does. The files I get are as follows (gotten from an ls -l):

-rw-r--r-- 1 chris users 2489856 Jul 29 2003 COMMON.TAR
-rwxr-xr-x 1 chris users 13596 Jul 15 2003 INSTALL*
-rw-r--r-- 1 chris users 22501 Jan 23 2002 LICREAD.TXT
-rw-r--r-- 1 chris users 23166464 Jul 29 2003 LINUXRDR.TAR
-rw-r--r-- 1 chris users 121 Aug 7 2003 MANIFEST
-rwxr-xr-x 1 chris users 22854 Jul 15 2003 README*

This is the same as yours, except they are in CAPS. That matters in linux. In anycase, to install you must run the program in a terminal. So type "./INSTALL" (or ./install in your files are actually lower case), and just follow the instructions. I would run this as "root" myself, and put the files somewhere in /usr/local -- I put mine in /usr/local/Acrobat5. As it says, to uninstall you can simply delete the directory you put them in.

Good luck. I hope you find Linux to your liking. It really is not so hard once you get the hand of it.
Old 03-06-2004, 10:07 AM   #12
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Yea, so far I really like Linux, except i have no clue what i'm doing yet :P

Thanks for your help all
Old 03-06-2004, 10:19 AM   #13
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hmm... i do a ./INSTALL (yes, mine are uppercase too... silly me) and i get:

"No configurations found... aborting"

am i doing something wrong?
Old 03-06-2004, 10:23 AM   #14
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Do you have spaces in the directory path leading to the install directory. Linux systems do not handle spaces so well. See:
Old 03-06-2004, 10:31 AM   #15
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Sorry to be such a pest but I'm adapting

Thanks fsbooks, that cleared up my first problem... it was the spaces but now i have a new problem

when i get to the install path part i type /usr/local/Adobe5 (i think that's what it suggests)

here's what it does

Enter installation directory for Acrobat 5.0.8 [/usr/local/Acrobat5] /usr/local/Acrobat5

Directory "/usr/local/Acrobat5" does not exist.
Do you want to create it now? [y] y
mkdir: cannot create directory `/usr/local/Acrobat5': Permission denied

ERROR: Cannot make directory "/usr/local/Acrobat5".

Enter installation directory for Acrobat 5.0.8 [/usr/local/Acrobat5]

i don't know what i'm doing wrong... I'm the only user on here so i don't think it's because I don't have administrator priveliges or something... i read something somewhere about like

su [enter]
password [enter]

i think that makes you like the administrator for this session or something but maybe i don't remember correctly... i tried it and it still wouldn't work..

[edit] i just made myself part of the adm and root groups in the users & groups control... i have no clue what that does but i thought maybe that would give me permission to work in the root?


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